While reminiscing about summers as a child, how they were spent, and what I was listening to on the radio as I was weeding the family garden, this song popped into my head. Putting the time-frame into perspective, I was 8 when this was playing…guess it made a big impression! Maybe it also got extra play-time in Minnesota, as he was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1938. The family moved to California in the early ’50s, where he started on his musical career, after dropping out of high school in his first year to play professionally. He died in a car accident in 1960 while on tour in England.
According to Wiki, “Summertime Blues was co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written in the late 1950s by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer.” In 1987 Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His songs have been much covered by bands such as The Who, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Dick Dale & his Del-Tones, Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Humble Pie, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Teenage Head, Tiger Army, UFO, The White Stripes, the Stray Cats, and the Sex Pistols.