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In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry

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Uploaded on Jul 16, 2008

"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 No. 1 position on charts around the world (including seven weeks in the UK) and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It is considered one of the highest selling recordings of all time with an estimated 23 million copies sold[citation needed].

It was unusual because the initial UK release, on Dawn Records (a new label launched by Pye), was a maxi-single, playing at 33 rpm (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm), including an additional song, Mighty Man on the A-side, and a much longer track, Dust Pneumonia Blues, on the B-side. As it was housed in a picture sleeve (something which only became commonplace about eight years later), and only sold at a few pence more than the normal 45 rpm two-track single, it was considered excellent value for money. Small quantities of 45 rpm discs, on the light blue Pye record label, were pressed for use in jukeboxes, and these are now rare collectors' items.

Oh and yes, I did copy and paste this description from Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia, that anyone can edit).

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