Them sideburns. Fronted by Ray Dorset, the British rock-group ‘Mungo Jerry’ come right out of the 70′s and represents ever cliché of that era; bringing us a track free of inhibition and full of ‘feel-good’ vibes. Sure, this song is the one-hit-wonder for Mungo Jerry, but it’s definitely one of the better ones out there. Soon as you listen to it, you can’t help the feeling that you’ve heard it before years ago. It evokes memories of sunburn and sun-hats, or a lazy afternoon where a track like this would be humming quietly in another room. Dorset’s vibrant way of singing is infectious, which makes this song so rememberable. Despite the lyrics giving throw-away lines like ‘have a drink, have a drive’. A seemingly different decade.
Growing up in the 50′s, Dorset was influenced by the greats; mainly Bill Haley & Elvis Presley. Influenced by the evolving industry of music, he began his first ‘band’ at the mere age of 11 called the ‘Blue Moon Skiffle Group’.The drummer of which was strangely Phil Collins. Advancing into his 20′s, his then band named The Conchords, alternated regularly with the Rolling Stones at the Station Hotel in England. Yet it wasn’t until the formation of Mungo Jerry and the release of ‘In the Summertime’ that this multi-instrumental muscian found his critical acclaim. The track hit #1 on the UK charts as well as in other countries, selling over 6 million copies globally.
The men of Mungo Jerry slapping strings in the sun for us: