Is This The Ultimate Summer Anthem?
How ironic that a season beloved by so many, with endless sun and good, good times, would be best represented by a song that calls out summer as a bummer! But "Summertime Blues" just may be the best Summer Song of All-Time! It's certainly been covered enough times! And each time something new about the song is revealed. Often, how much louder it can get.
The song was originally written by rockabilly legend Eddie Cochran and his manager, Jerry Capehart, who knew where the real money was in rock 'n' roll.
These thirteen folks raised a fuss and raised a holla!
13) The Flying Lizards: We likely wouldn't be talking about the Flying Lizards were it not for their covers of "Money" and "Summertime Blues," both of which were so weird at the time that they either made people really happy or really angry. See? Life is what you make it!
12) Alan Jackson: Country star Alan Jackson was born just after "Summertime Blues" first became a hit in 1958, so it's likely that he heard the song in the womb. However, being a country star, Jackson claimed he was inspired by the Buck Owens' cover. For an extra treat, he made a video where he plays guitar in a field. Country music is on the edge!
11) Olivia Newton-John: Sometime before she recorded such landmark albums as Stronger Than Before, Back With A Heart, Grace and Gratitude Renewed, Christmas Wish, A Celebration In Song, Hope Is Always Here, Gaia -- One Woman's Journey, Olivia Newton-John sung about the perils of being overworked for low pay on her 1975 album, Clearly Love. The highlights of the album are a toss-up between "Summertime Blues," "He Ain't Heavy…He's My Brother" and "Just A Lot of Folk (The Marshmallow Song)."
10) T. Rex: Marc Bolan's version of the tune with T. Rex sounds like he'd listened to the Blue Cheer and The Who versions and decided he wanted in. It's also a great tune for bands who don't know each other very well to do since the chords are basic and everyone has some idea of how it goes. If you mess this tune up, you really need to forget music and go into retail.