Summertime Blues

Eddie Cochran

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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I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler
About a-workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, try to get a date
My boss says, "no dice son, you gotta work late"
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a-gonna do
But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

Well, my mom and pop told me, "son, you gotta make some money"
If you want to use the car to go ridin' next Sunday
Well, I didn't go to work, told the boss I was sick
"Well, you can't use the car 'cause you didn't work a lick"
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do
But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

I'm gonna take two weeks, gonna have a fine vacation
I'm gonna take my problem to the United Nations
Well, I called my congressman and he said "whoa!"
"I'd like to help you son but you're too young to vote"
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do
But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues

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Eddie Cochran

Ray Edward 'Eddie' Cochran (October 3, 1938–April 17, 1960) was an American rock and roll pioneer who, in his brief career, had a small but lasting influence on rock music through his guitar playing. Cochran's rockabilly songs, such as "C'mon Everybody", "Somethin' Else", and "Summertime Blues", captured teenage frustration and desire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording and overdubbing even on his earliest singles, and was also able to play piano, bass and drums. His image as a sharply dressed, rugged but good-looking young man with a rebellious attitude epitomized the stance of the Fifties rocker, and in death he achieved an iconic status. 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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