In my previous blog Something In The Air I spoke about walking to school across Blackheath in London and listening to songs on the radio in 1969.
Another song I remember vividly is In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry which was actually released in 1970 but my song Blue Dansette didn’t make it clear in its draft version.
In one of my last music world networking engagements before the 2020 Covid lockdown I was talking to DJ and Quiz Host Larry Foster about the song. He immediately corrected the year, so I knew I had to change it. Eventually, the line became ‘A new decade arrived In The Summertime glare’ which was tricky to fit into the melody but it worked fine in the end (Verses can be more forgiving than Choruses when fitting in rhythmic Lyric variations).
I met Ray Dorset from Mungo Jerry in 2015 in the now defunkt Alleycat venue in Denmark St. I was able to thank him personally for the pleasure his song gave me in my formative years and that goes for countless others too.
I’ll blog more about the 60s but the next single from the EP is the punky 1970s Summer’s Day (Radio Edit) which is available as a free download on Bandcamp. There is an extended version on the EP too.
The song Blue Dansette and this blog entry are dedicated to Larry Foster, universally known as one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. He sadly succumbed to Covid in the Spring of 2020 and is sorely missed.