The Summertime" was the debut single of the British rock
outfit Mungo Jerry and celebrates the carefree days of summer.
Songwriter and band frontman Ray Dorset has said that the song
only took ten minutes to write, which he did using a second-hand
Fender Stratocaster guitar while he was taking time off from his
regular job, working in a lab for Timex. "In The Summertime" was a
huge success worldwide and reached the no.1 position in almost all
countries, among others in United Kingdom, Germany, France,
Canada, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria,
Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Only in the United States it peaked at no.3. The eternal summer
smash was the most successful tune in 1970 globally and led the
Year-End Chart with a total of 10.963.000 points.