Top 100 Songs of Summer #13 “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Summer in the City
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The sights and sounds of summer in the Hamptons are without compare, but we’re taking a short sojourn to New York City for lucky number 13 in our Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown. Don’t worry, we’ll be back before you know it.

Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #13

“Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

It all starts with the honk of a VW Beetle, and you’re instantly transported back to the summer of 1966, when the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for three straight weeks in August was this smash off Hums of The Lovin’ Spoonful. Originally conceived in a poem by band member John Sebastian’s brother, Mark, while he was in high school, “Summer in the City” has proven as timeless as it is terrific, having been covered by everyone from B.B. King to Tim Curry to Styx to Metropole Orchestra. Nearly 50 years later, we’re still drawn by the yin-yang, hot-cool dichotomy of overbearing, sweltering summer days and the promise that comes with each night they bring.


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