100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘A SUMMER SONG’- CHAD & JEREMY

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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.

7 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘A SUMMER SONG’- CHAD & JEREMY

  1. A great song to hear on your transistor radio on a late rainy night. Even in 64, the duo thing was quickly dying off. I saw them in Dallas in 1966 and they had a decent backup band that knew their few tunes. Good harmonies. Peter and Gordon were the more popular of the duo’s. Then in the 70s came England Dan and John Ford Colley, two Texans that played up the hype. They both came from a Dallas band called The Southwest F.O.B. and were the most talented of the group.

  2. Mm. I wouldn’t have thought the song could be considered dated back then like obbverse suggests. It seems to me like those years were filled with similar songs all the time………?

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