100 Great Songs From The British Invasion 1963-1966: ‘A Summer Song’- Chad & Jeremy.
When I hear ‘A Summer Song’ the first thing that comes to mind is it’s appearance on the excellent soundtrack of Rushmore- the 1998 Wes Anderson movie. Back in the summer of 1964 it became the biggest US hit for Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde- Chad & Jeremy. It was produced by Shel Talmy best known for producing The Who and The Kinks. That summer on Juke Box Jury- Ringo Starr was a guest judge and assessed the track as a flop- no hit potential. Oops. Originally Chad & Jeremy agreed-they at first didn’t think the song had single potential- but when they reworked some of the lyrics and it did become a big hit. Chad & Jeremy were not a rock and roll act like most of the British Invasion acts- they were soft rock- their influences were folk music. Chad & Jeremy had seven Top 40 American hits from 1964-66. The disbanded in 1968. Chad Stuart died in 2020- Jeremy Clyde continues to record and tour as a solo artist.
Single: ‘A Summer Song’- Chad & Jeremy/ Written by Chad Stewart, Clive Metcalfe and Keith Noble/ Record Company- World Artists Records/ Recorded June 1964/ Time: 2:38/ Produced by Shel Talmy/ Released July 1964/ Peaked at #7 in US Billboard Hot 100 in UK did not chart.