In the Summertime

In the summertime tits

Date Aired
June 30, 2017
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Todd plays "In the Summertime" on the piano

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

Todd: 1969.


John Kay: Get your motor running

Head out on the highway

Todd: 1970.

[....Ray Stevens......]

Ray Stevens: Everything is beautiful

In its own way

Todd: 1969.

[.....Creedence Clearwater Revival.....]

John Fogerty: It ain't me

It ain't me

I ain't no fortunate one, oh

Todd: 1970.


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.

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