Summertime Blues

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About Summertime Blues

"Summertime Blues" is a song co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who, Blue Cheer and Brian Setzer, the last of whom recorded his version for the 1987 film La Bamba, where he portrayed Cochran. Jimi Hendrix performed it in concert. 


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Well, I'm gonna raise a fuss
I'm gonna raise a holler
'Bout workin' all summer
Just to try to earn a dollar
Well, I went to the boss man
Tried to get a break
But the boss said 'No dice, son,
You gotta work late'

Sometimes I wonder what am I gonna do
'Cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

Well, my Mom and Poppa told me
Son, you gotta earn some money
If you want to use the care
To go riding next Sunday
Well, I wouldn't go to work
I told the boss I was sick
He said 'You can't use the car
'Cause you didn't work a lick'

Sometimes I wonder what am I gonna do
'Cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

Gonna take two weeks
Gonna have a fine vacation
Gonna take my problem
To the United Nations
Well' I went to my congressman
He said 'quote'
'I'd like to help you son,
But you're too young to vote'

Sometimes I wonder what am I gonna do
'Cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

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The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Entwistle (vocals, bass) and Keith Moon, (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. more »

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Written by: Eddie Cochran, Jerry Neal Capehart

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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5 facts about this song

Eddie Cochran's Version
1. Original Creator: "Summertime Blues" was originally written and performed by Eddie Cochran. He co-wrote it with his manager, Jerry Capehart. 2. Release Year: The song was released in 1958 as a single on the Liberty Records label. 3. Chart Success: The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. 4. Unique Song Structure: The song doesn't feature a chorus which was unusual for most popular songs during its era. 5. Legacy: Cochran's version was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Alan Jackson's Version
1. Country Take: Alan Jackson covered the song in 1994 for the album "Who I Am". His rendition was arranged in a country style. 2. Chart Topper: This version of the song reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. 3. Award Winning: Jackson's version also won him the CMA award for Single of the Year in 1994.
Blue Cheer's Version
1. Rock Perspective: Blue Cheer, a psychedelic rock band, covered "Summertime Blues" in their 1968 debut album "Vincebus Eruptum". 2. Chart Performance: Their version peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 3. Innovative Performances: Blue Cheer is known for its very loud rendition of this song which paved the way for heavy metal genre.
Brian Setzer's Version
1. Rockabilly Spin: Brian Setzer released his version in 2005. His rendition was a rockabilly-inspired one in his album "Rockabilly Riot, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Sun Records". 2. Tribute Album: The album was primarily a tribute to Sun Records which has released many popular rockabilly songs.
The Who's Version
1. Live Performances: The Who often performed their version of "Summertime Blues" during their live performances. It regularly formed part of their set from 1968 to 1976. 2. Album Release: The song was recorded live and included in their 1970 album "Live at Leeds". 3. Chart Performance: The Who's version climbed to number 38 on the UK Singles Chart and number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. 4. Recognizable Rendition: Their live, high-energy rendition became one of the most recognizable versions of "Summertime Blues".

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