Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only on this music train, please!) First, there is XmasDolly, whose birthday is coming up, Her co-conductors are: Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and (finally) me. Callie of JAmerican Spice blogs from time to time.
Our guest conductor is also the engineer of this train - Xmas Dolly and for our theme today she has picked: "SUMMER SONGS (ABOUT THE SUMMER)". Xmas Dolly has been offline for a number of reasons, but I'm hoping she's back today.
Summertime brings me back to my youth in the 50's and 60's, so these songs are the songs I associate with privet, with school out for the summer, hot days and summer in the city of my growing up, New York City.
Speaking of Summer in the City - the Lovin' Spoonful hit this exactly right. Keep in mind, when this song was a hit (1966), most apartments and houses didn't have air conditioning, at least where I lived.
Summer's also the right time for Martha and the Vandellas and their 1964 hit Dancing in the Street. I could listen to this all day.
After some dancing, how about this beautiful instrumental to help restore you? From 1959, Percy Faith and His Orchestra, with Theme from A Summer Place.
Summer was also the time for doo-wop music, when singers would gather on city streetcorners and sing. From 1958, One Summer Night by The Danleers.
In summertime, the living is easy. Here, a doo-wop cover of George Gershwin's Summertime as done by the Marcels in 1961.
Another song I loved as a kid - Brian Hyland and Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini. A girl and a poor fashion choice - just think if they had Instagram back then.
From 1958, Summertime by The Jamies.
I could listen to these songs all day, but I'm sure we need to go somewhere. So, one last song - an end of summer song from 1964 - Chad and Jeremy's A Summer Song.
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing.
See you next Monday - same time, same place.