Eddie Cochran

Summertime Blues

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Could this possibly be the summertime record/song of all time? In any discussion of what it's like to be young and broke and persecuted by your family and job, this song has to rank pretty darn high. Its subjects are so broadly drawn that they'll never really go out of style, unlike other lyrical sentiments of the '50s. Of course, the original by Eddie Cochran -- the song's co-writer -- is still the champ, a marvelous mix held together by the most basic of rhythms with a strong acoustic guitar flavor that makes it timeless. The song is also open to interpretations as varied as the ones by Blue Cheer and the Who. The song came to life again in the 1980s with Brian Setzer's excitable reading of it in the movie La Bamba and continues to be a staple of rock & roll bands while moving into new territory with Alan Jackson's country version of the '50s oldie.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1959
12 of His Biggest Hits 1960 Parlophone 1:59
No Image 1960 Liberty
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 8 196?
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:56
No Image 1970 FAME 1:59
No Image 1972
Eddie Cochran Singles Album 1979 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1981 Capitol
The Best of Eddie Cochran [EMI] 1985 EMI Music Distribution 1:59
No Image 1986
Original Soundtrack
Arcade Music
The Best of the Shakin' 50s 1989
Various Artists
Priority Records
Legendary Masters 1990 Parlophone 1:58
Greatest Hits 1990 Curb 1:58
EMI Legends of Rock N' Roll: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time 1991
Various Artists
EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series / Capitol 2:00
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Capitol 0:00
No Image 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
No Image 1993
Original Soundtrack
Nouveau 1:58
Hollywood's Hottest Hits 1995
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets 1:56
Original 1995 Disky 1:59
No Image 1996
Various Artists
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 1:58
The Best of Eddie Cochran [Music for Pleasure] 1996 EMI / Music For Pleasure 2:01
Only Dance 1955-1959 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 1:58
Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 1:56
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 1:58
Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1997] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Forefathers of Rock 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:58
Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran 1998 Razor & Tie 2:00
1958: A Time to Remember, 20 Original Chart Hits 1998
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 1:58
Rockabilly Essentials 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:01
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:01
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 1:58
Endless Summer Legends, Vols. 1-3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 1:38
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 1:57
The Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 1:59
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 1:57
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:01
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 1:59
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 7-9 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 1:55
50's Golden Jukebox: Malt Shop Memories 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:00
Oldies 104.3 WJMK-FM: Summer Fun in Chicago 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:00
Absolutely the Best 2001 Varese 1:58
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 1:57
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 1:58
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 1:56
Radio Gold, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Ace 2:00
That's Rock and Roll 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:00
American Bandstand: CD 1 2001
Various Artists
Disky 1:56
Happy Days 50's & 60's 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 0:00
Original 60's Summer Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:59
Forever Rockin' 2003 Proper Pairs 1:53
Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversary Collection 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 1:57
Somethin' Else 2004 EMI Music Distribution / EMI 0:00
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 1:58
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 1:58
Summer Soundtrack 2004
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution 2:01
French Sixties EP Collection 2004 Magic 2:00
More Happy Days '50s and '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1:57
Absolutely the Best of the Fifties 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:00
Summer Fun, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:00
Rock N Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 50's, Vol. 10 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:00
Very Best of Rock N Roll 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:01
Ultimate 16: Ultimate 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:00
Let the Good Times Roll: 1955-1959 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 1:59
Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk and Rockabilly 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 1:59
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 1:57
Top Hits of the 50s: Rockin' Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables
The Original 60's Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 1:58
Folle Histoire de Rock N Roll: Platinum Collection 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:58
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 1:56
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 1:56
Pure Driving Rock [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:59
50's Super Hits 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 1:55
Legendary Party 2008
Various Artists
Disky 2:00
Somethin' Else: The Ultimate Collection 2009 Bear Family Records
Eddie Cochran Story 2009 EMI Music Distribution / EMI 1:57
Summer Holiday: 40 Summer Classics from Yesteryear 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 1:56
The Rock 'n Roll [Box Set] 2009
Various Artists
Music & Melody 1:55
Original Hits: Rock 'N' Roll 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:59
Rockin' It with Eddie Cochran 2010 Cherry Red / T-Bird 1:52
Lipstick on Your Collar: 62 Vintage Jukebox Classics 2010
Various Artists
EMI 1:56
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 1:56
Dreamboats and Petticoats: Summer Holidays 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music / Universal Music TV 1:56
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 1:55
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 1:59
Twenty Flight Rock 2011 Complete Rock 'n' Roll / Snapper Music 1:58
Massive Hits: Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
4 Gold / EMI / EMI Gold 1:59
Sweethearts & Stolen Summer Kisses 2011
Various Artists
Performance 1:56
The Pop Years: The 50s 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 1:55
The London American Label Year by Year: 1958 2011
Various Artists
Ace 2:01
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:56
The Cruisin' Story 1955-1960 2011
Various Artists
Not Now Music 1:58
Here Comes Summer [One Day] 2012
Various Artists
One Day Music 1:58
Brian Wilson's Jukebox: The Music That Inspired the Man 2012 Chrome Dreams 1:57
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 1:57
All the Best 2013 Capitol / EMI / EMI Gold 1:57
Sweethearts and Stolen Kisses: From the Movies 2014
Various Artists
Music Digital 1:58
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:01
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Universal 2:00
100 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs
Various Artists
100 Hits 1:55
20 #1's: Summer Hits
Various Artists
Universal 1:56
3 Steps to Heaven Delta Leisure Group / Performance 1:59
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:01
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:01
Absolute Hits of the 50's
Various Artists
Eva
Absolutely Rockabilly
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 1:58
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 9: 1958
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 1:58
Dreamboats and Petticoats, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 1:57
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 1:56
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
Long Hot Summer
Various Artists
Gold Classic Hits Radio 1:58
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Original Hits From the 50s & 60s
Various Artists
10Ten Media / Zebralution
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox: Hits from the '50s & '60s
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 1:58
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 1: 1954-1959
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 1:58
Rock Around the Clock: Early Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox
Various Artists
Universal 1:57
Rock the Dock [Mood Media]
Various Artists
1:59
Rockin' Summer
Various Artists
Somerset Group 1:58
Soda Shop Classics
Various Artists
Reflections 1:59
The First U.S. Hot 100: August 1958
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 1:58
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:03
The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5 [Excalibur]
Various Artists
Excalibur
No Image
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Roots of the Beach Boys
Various Artists
Complete Blues / Snapper / Snapper Music / Snapper UK 1:55
This Is Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Play 24-7 1:56