In the Summertime
June 30, 2017
Todd plays "In the Summertime" on the piano
MUNGO JERRY - IN THE SUMMERTIME
A one-hit wonder retrospective
Todd: Welcome back to One-Hit Wonderland, where we take a look at bands and artists known for only one song. OK
[clip of Richie Havens at Woodstock]
Todd (V/O): So you know in the '60s, music was incredibly important and political and relevant to social issues and meaningful and all that.
Todd: Well, it seems like the '60s kind of ends with a hard snap.
[image of newspaper articles with headlines: "Paul Quits the Beatles"....]
Todd (V/O): In 1970, the Beatles break up, [....."Drugs Kill Jimi Hendrix at 24".......] Jimi Hendrix dies, [....Rolling Stone magazine cover with headline: "Let it Bleed"........] The Rolling Stones try to make a second Woodstock [.......newspaper headline: "4 Deaths Mar Rock Festival"] that turns fatal....
Todd: ......and pop music suddenly gets real, real stupid.
[clips of Tony Orlando and Dawn.........]
Tony Orlando: Whoa, Candida
Todd (V/O): Look at this
John Kay: Get your motor running
Head out on the highway
Ray Stevens: Everything is beautiful
In its own way
[.....Creedence Clearwater Revival.....]
John Fogerty: It ain't me
It ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, oh
David Gates: I wanna make it with you
Todd (V/O): Of course, these things didn't happen overnight. [....The Archies....] There was silly pop music in the '60s, and [....Santana....] serious music in the '70s obviously, [....and the Jackson 5] but that's the way it seemed to me, at least on the pop charts, and who said that dumb music isn't necessarily bad, dumb can be fun.
Todd: And folks, we're going to get very, very dumb tonight.
[video for "In the Summertime," Todd dances along in his chair]
Ray Dorset: In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
Todd (V/O): In 1970, we could not get enough of Mungo Jerry. You know, this guy...
Todd:.....or band. Is it a band or a guy?
Todd (V/O): OK, it's a band, and their big pop hit was "In the Summertime," the summer jam that went to number one in 16 countries.
Todd: America, actually, was not one of them. It only got to number three here, held off by [clip of Edwin Starr's.....]
Todd (V/O): (singing along) War! Huh!
Todd: We showed you everything about the two opposing trends in music in 1970.
Transcript in progress