And then there were two. With only a pair of songs left in our Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown, second-place honors go to a vintage, mellow-vibes classic that only gets better with age.
Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #2
“Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
Summer secrets, summer love, memories of both and dreams of what next summer may bring… This 1964 classic has it all, whether you are fond of the album recording that adds the line “we’ll be making love” or prefer the old-time radio-friendly recording, which only had our discreet lovers “falling in love” down there out of the sun. In either case, the simplicity of a summer escape while the world swirls around you, hot and hectic, is embodied by the Drifters and embraced by generations of beachgoers.
Lest there be some doubt about the importance of this song nearly 50 years after its debut, remember back to the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon, when Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Tyler performed a version that brought both hope and a touch of much needed humor at the time. As it was in 1964, as it was last autumn when we and our waterside comrades along the East Coast were beginning our post-Sandy recovery, as it is as we come to the moment just before Labor Day officially drops the curtain on Summer 2013 in the Hamptons, everything is okay when you know…
“On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be.”
Come back on Labor Day to find out what song made it to the top of our Top 100 Songs of Summer.