Mungo Jerry

In the Summertime

Song Review by

One of the most infectious summer singles ever, Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is a strange mix of the skeletal, DIY sound of mid-'50s skiffle or early '60s jug band folk and the hippieish good vibes of the pre-glam, acoustic T. Rex. Being a drummerless group in the great jug band tradition, the song's infectiously peculiar start-stop rhythm comes entirely from lead singers Ray "Mungo" Dorset and Paul King shaking a gourd and making a guttural moaning sound, respectively. Combined with Colin Earl's pub-style piano bashing, the song has a refreshingly offhand feel, as if it's being improvised in the back of a hippie caravan, complete with Dorset and King's call-and-response vocals. Some, frankly, find the song irredeemably twee and cutesy. They may be right, actually, but "In the Summertime" is such an endearingly fun, goofy song that it takes a lot to genuinely dislike it.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
In the Summertime 1970 Repertoire 3:32
Electronically Tested 1971 Breathless 3:38
Brit's Blitz: The Very Best of British Rock 1987
Various Artists
Polytel (Silver Eagle) 3:30
Greatest Hits [Koch] 1989 Koch / Koch International 3:34
No Image 1990 Rhino
AM Gold: 1970 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:31
Super Box of Rock [1992] 1992
Various Artists
Dominion 3:40
'70s Smash Hits, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Rock & Roll Years: 1970 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 3:37
Summer Hits [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Well Done Barbecue Party Hits 1994
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:39
Early Years 1994 Dojo 3:32
Only Rock 'N Roll 1970-1974: 20 Pop Hits 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:32
The Super 70's, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:36
Hits from the 70's [Fat Boy] 1995
Various Artists
Fat Boy 3:38
Precious & Few 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Rock On 1970: In the Summertime 1996
Various Artists
Rock On 3:34
Top of the Pops [Prime Cuts] 1996
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 3:29
Golden Oldies NonStop Party Mix 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 1:03
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 1 (1970-1971) 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Seasons in the Sun [Video] 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 3:28
Chart Toppers [Boxsets 1997] 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Deuce Boxed Sets 3:31
Twin Town 1997
Original Soundtrack
A&M 2:35
70's Rock [Madacy 1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:40
Mellow 70's [Madacy] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:37
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Essential Hits Collection 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:27
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 10: Those Were the Days 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 3:26
The Best of Mungo Jerry [Music Club] 1998 Music Club Records
Seventies Collection 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:30
70's Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Power Hits 3:40
40 Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:32
Millennium Party Madness 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:34
Party Time, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
SPG 3:23
AM Gold: Radio Hits 70's 1999
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:31
Drowning Mona 2000
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 3:31
Baby Jump: The Dawn Anthology 2000 Castle Music Ltd. 3:31
Cocodrilo Club 2000
Various Artists
Tempo 3:39
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 3:23
SPF 16: Summer Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:36
In the Summertime [Castle Pie] 2000 Pulse / Castle Pulse / Sanctuary Records 3:31
Greatest Rock N' Roll Hits 70's 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:36
Songs of Summer [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:37
25 All-Time Greatest Summer Songs: The Ultimate Collection 2000
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 3:34
Fiesta Latina, Vol. 1 [Saludos Amigos] 2000
Various Artists
Saludos Amigos 3:51
Oldies 104.3 WJMK-FM: Summer Fun in Chicago 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 3:30
Beat Boom 2001
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications 3:32
Totally Number 1 Hits of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:28
Wolfman Jack's: One Hit Wonders 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:35
Jammin' Oldies: Easy 70's 2001
Various Artists
Masters / Intercontinental Records 3:35
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 3:33
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
70's [Import] 2001
Various Artists
Repertoire 3:31
The Ultimate Hits of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:31
A Year in Your Life: 1970, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:32
Wolfman Jack's: Graffiti R&R Instrumentals 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:35
Pop Goes the 70's [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:34
Best of the 70's [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:35
Flashback: The Seventies 2002
Various Artists
BMG International 3:30
Party! Party! 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 3:29
Comprehensive School Classics 2002
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:28
In the Summertime [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:41
Biggest Hits of Summer 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:31
One Hit Wonders 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:34
The Sunshine Collection 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:37
Get It On [DVD Audio] 2003
Various Artists
DTS Entertainment
Gone but Not Forgotten [2004 Import} 2004
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:33
Baby Jump: The Definitive Collection 2005 BMG / Castle Communications 3:32
Hard to Find Hits of the 70's 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 3:34
Wedding Crashers 2005
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 3:31
Greatest Ever! Party: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:28
One Hit Wonders [Horizon 2] 2006
Various Artists
Horizon / Horizon 2 3:36
In the Summertime... The Best of Mungo Jerry [ZYX] 2007 Hitbox / ZYX Music 3:43
Get Ready, Here Come the '70s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:29
Golden Party Classics 2008
Various Artists
Jackpot Records / Sony Music Distribution 3:37
Jackie: Summer Special 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:30
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:30
Greatest Ever! Chartbusters 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:28
The Dawn Singles Collection 2012 7T's 3:32
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Universal 3:28
Dawn Albums Collection 2017 7T's / Cherry Red 3:35
Feel-Good Favorites
Various Artists
Avalon 3:30
Feel-Good Favorites: Pop Hits of the '60s & '70s, Vols. 1-2
Various Artists
Ultimate Mix 3:30
Long Hot Summer
Various Artists
Gold Classic Hits Radio 3:34
No Image
Various Artists
Bcd
Summer Holiday
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:30
Super Hits of 70 [Canada 2015]
Various Artists
Stargrove 3:34
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Super Oldie Hits, Vol. 2: Die Grössten Hits der 50er, 60er und 70er
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:29