EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #340: “IN THE SUMMERTIME”- MUNGO JERRY

Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime / Mighty Man (1970, Vinyl) | Discogs

Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #340: “In The Summertime”- Mungo Jerry. July 11, 1970.

  • Single: “In The Summertime”- Mungo Jerry
  • Record Company- Dawn
  • Genre: Skiffle
  • Written by Ray Dorset
  • Time: 3:27
  • B-side:” Mighty Man”
  • Album- Electronically Tested
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #3 13 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

A one hit wonder by the British rock band Mungo Jerry. Ray Dorset the lead singer also wrote the song. The single reportedly sold over 30 million copies. Dorset said the song only took ten minutes to write.

16 responses to “EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #340: “IN THE SUMMERTIME”- MUNGO JERRY

  1. A great fun summer song! I’ve read references to that 30 million sales too, but think it’s been refuted as a scam some fan managed to get circulated. That said, it was an undeniably big seller back then and a good little single.

    • I’m guessing around 1976, when I switched to buying albums. I bought a ton of 45s between 1969-1975, then stopped abruptly. The first album I purchased was “Meet the Beatles” (the U.S. version of “With the Beatles”) in 1964 when I was only 9 years old. I think the next album I bought was the Supremes Greatest Hits double album, probably in 1969, followed by Jefferson Airplane’s “Surrealistic Pillow”. I bought a few significant albums like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Led Zeppelin IV” in the early 70s, but didn’t start buying a lot of albums until around 1975. I was mostly into pop, soul and r&b back then, then heavily into disco from 1975-79. That’s why I’m not very familiar with some of the albums people are choosing in the Draft Rounds.

    • I was once a 45 buyer also but got to the point where I thought it was better to spend my money on albums- I would buy an occasional 45 from an artist that I loved who would have a b-side not on the album- like Prince and Bruce in the 1980’s

    • I think one of the main reasons I stopped buying 45s is that they’re just too tedious to play. Once I was past the point of sitting around with my young friends playing 45s on the record player, it just seemed pointless to buy them anymore. As my tastes matured, I bought albums by such acts as Earth, Wind & Fire, Boz Scaggs and Joni Mitchell.

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