…the sublime Miss Springfield also covered this upbeat soul belter a few years later. Here we feature the original recording by legendary American singer, Gladys Knight…
Ain’t No Sun Since You’ve Been Gone – Gladys Knight & the Pips
Scott Walker’s dark, brooding voice can bring a touch of melancholy to almost any song. Here he is with his fellow Walker Brothers (spoiler alert: they weren’t really brothers!) with a 1966 UK chart topper, originally recorded by Jersey boy, Frankie Valli.
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers
Slightly more upbeat, but only marginally more chirpy, is this homage to the two essential elements of any English summer! Our Camden Town heroes definitely seem to be enjoying more of the latter in this 1983 video however…
The Sun And The Rain – Madness
While their spiritual godfathers (and Muswell Hill’s finest), The Kinks, bemoan a reluctant sun’s failure to appear altogether. “What have you done to summertime?” enquires singer and writer Ray Davies. Indeed.
Lazy Old Sun – The Kinks
Even in sun drenched California, summertime can sometimes exude a certain sadness. This wistful tale of lost love from the pen of master songsmith Brian Wilson, contains an upbeat twist as he and his fellow Beach Boys find the sun’s very existence a reason to keep strong and carry on…
Warmth Of The Sun – The Beach Boys
But it’s not all gloomy. This glorious 1966 ode to high summer and searing city heat is surely as infectious and irresistible as summer itself. Somebody open a window!
Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
The Spoonful’s poptastic mid ’60s contemporaries The Monkees, made millions smile with their very own ‘sunshine factory’. Here’s a lesser known treasure from perhaps their most splendid LP, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd” from 1967.
The Door Into Summer – The Monkees
The self proclaimed ‘Tribal love rock musical’ “Hair”, spawned a plethora of cover versions and a number of hits for the likes of Nina Simone and The Fifth Dimension. Less lucky was up and coming singer Jennifer Warnes, although her suitably groovy version of the show’s finale is certainly one of the best.
Let The Sunshine In – Jennifer
Our penultimate offering is also a theme tune of sorts for this particular jukebox. The infamous Jim Morrison and his fellow Doors produced a number of doleful ballads in their short career and this song appeared on their earliest demo tape from 1965. Our selection is the definitive recording however from a few years later…
Summers Almost Gone – The Doors
…and we’ll leave you (for the moment) with this classic from Nancy & Lee, one of the best melancholy summer songs of them all. Thanks for listening, now let’s all raise a glass to the coming of Autumn.
Summer Wine – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
DJ Jaybyrd Slim is co-host of North London’s much loved Nitty Gritty club and it’s associated monthly radio show.
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