BLOG: It’s finally summertime, and one of the most well-known songs about this season is, appropriately, named “Summertime”. Here’s the Janis Joplin version of it: Summertime. However, long before Janis belted out this classic, it was recorded by many other artists, and is in fact one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. Written by George Gershwin in 1935 for his musical “Porgy & Bess”, it received mainstream popularity when Billie Holliday recorded it in 1936. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald recorded it as a duet in 1957, and Sam Cooke did it as a solo the same year. Miles Davis and John Coltrane have recorded jazz versions of it, and Andy Williams covered it in 1962. Later, The Doors began to perform it live as a medley in the middle of their huge hit “Light My Fire”, and you can listen to it on their album “Live in Boston”. Even Fun Boy Three recorded it, releasing their version the early 1980’s, and generations of schoolchildren have learned it in their jazz and orchestra classes.
Happy first day of summer, everyone. This weekend, let’s all take a little break to enjoy the sunshine and some great music – cheers to all of you from all of us here at Kinetech!