Summer is the greatest time of the year and the 50s and 60s summers
were no exception.
When we baby boomers were in High School, Junior High or
Middle School, we all couldn't wait for school to let out and summer vacation to begin. Teens today are no
different in that respect. The music of the baby boomers' era reflected the excitement of summer and what we all
looked forward doing from "rooting for the Yankees in the bleachers, don't have to worry about teachers...." as
sung in the song "School Is Out" by Gary U.S.
Bonds. Take for example the song "Here Comes Summer," by
Jerry Keller, "We'll go
The summer song "(Just
Like) Romeo and Juliet" by the Reflections, has the lyrics of
summer "take my girl datin' at the drive-in" also exemplifies on
how we looked forward to summer with more time for our girlfriends and boyfriends. If you take a poll whether
it be baby boomers or others, summer would be the season most voted as the favorite. Some of the best music
was and still is released during the summer months. More movies are released during those months so many
soundtracks which include hits from those movies result in those songs sky rocketing to the top especially if
the movie is a hit.
Summer presented a time to take your favorite music to the beach,
pool, or crusin', listening to your favorite songs. The 60s was a time when AM radio was king and we took it with
us wherever we ventured.
Summer was a time to be melancholy and full of life. School
was out and it was our time to be lazy and enjoy the leisure time even if we didn't do anything but lay under a
tree with friends talking and sharing stories and laughter. This was a great memory and a big part of the enjoyment
of summer as were pickup games of baseball, whiffle ball, foil ball. I recall going to the city pool nearly every
day (when the weather permitted it) and hanging out with my friends while listening to the jukebox that played music over a speaker
system that you could hear from any place around the pool.
Most weekends we went cruisin' around town making all the stops,
playing the radio as loud as permitted. (Back then you could get ticketed
for disturbing the peace if you played your radio or stereo too loud.) The road trips planned and unplanned also made the summer a special time.
Dating at the drive-ins, going to the lake, and the lazy and crazy
fun times bring back the memories of the great summer music of the 50s and 60s. I have compiled what I believe the
greatest songs of summer for us baby boomers who grew up in the 50s and 60s. Sit back and play non-stop the songs
that bring back the summers of baby boomers past. Summer would not be summer without the music of The Beach Boys,
Jan & Dean and The Lovin' Spoonful just to name a few.
Do you have a great memory of a great summer that you would like
to share with us? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it
to 60s Memories From Our Visitors. If a special song rings
in your mind from summers past tell me about it. Don't be shy we all love to look back to our youth while we still