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Artist Name: MUNGO JERRY
Song Author: Ray Dorset
"In the Summertime"

"In the Summertime"

Released 1970

"In the Summertime" is a song recorded in 1970 by the British pop-blues band Mungo Jerry.

Written by the group's leader Ray Dorset, this song, which celebrates the carefree days of summer, reached the Number 1 position on charts around the world (including seven weeks in the UK), Number 1 for 2 weeks in Canada, and Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US.

It is considered one of the highest selling singles of all time with an estimated 5-10 million copies sold.

It was also the year-end top seller of 1970 in the UK singles chart.

It was unusual because the initial UK release, on Dawn Records, playing at 33 rpm (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm).

Small quantities of 45 rpm discs on the Pye record label were pressed for use in jukeboxes, these are now rare collectors' items.

Australian Singles Chart 14.

A near identical version of the song was released in Australia in 1970 at the time of the 1970 radio ban by The Mixtures, which had a clever beach-related promo music video. They followed it up with "The Pushbike Song", which sounded nearly identical to "In the Summertime".