Motivational Music

Here Comes Summer!

June 21st is the official day when summer begins.  So let’s get a jump on it and get into the summer groove with my favorite summer songs.  You’ll notice a slew of 60’s songs because the 60’s were ruled by sun and surf-loving groups and their beach-loving music.  The Beach Boys epitomized the sounds of summer with other similar groups like Jan and Dean nipping at their heels.   A lot of lesser known groups also hit the airwaves.  Who could forget Daddy Dew Drop and the “chick” in the black bikini” or the Surfaris “wiping out” or the Rip Chords letting their Cobra “shut everybody down.”

I noticed on the Rip Chords website that they are planning on releasing a new CD in fall – Return to Cobra Beach!  A preview of the title song was on their site, and I have to say, I was groovin’ on it!

So pop the top, ride the wild surf (or not) and have some FUN FUN FUN with this nostalgic SUMMER/BEACH PLAYLIST:

Soft Summer Breeze – The Diamonds (’56)

Coconut Woman – Harry Belafonte (’57)

Love Letters in the Sand – Pat Boone (’57)

Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte (’57)

One Summer Night – Danleers (’58)

Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran (’58) and The Who (’70)

Quiet Village – Martin Denny (’59)

Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin (’60)

Theme From a Summer Place – Percy Faith (’60)

Stranger on the Shore – Andy Williams (’62)

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N – Connie Francis (’62)

Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon (’62)

Surf City – Jan and Dean (’63)

Surfer Girl – Beach Boys (’63)

Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys (’63)

Hey Little Cobra – Ripchords (’64)

Wipeout – The Safaris (’63 and ’66), Fat Boys/Beach Boys (’87)

California Sun – Rivieras  (’64)

Surfin’ Bird – Trashmen (’64)

A Summer Song – Chad and Jeremy (’64)

Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters (’64)

Fun Fun Fun – Beach Boys (’64)

Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows – Leslie Gore (’65)

Action – Freddy Cannon (’65)

Summer Nights – Marianne Faithfull (’65)

Distant Shores – Chad and Jeremy (’66)

Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra (’66)

Good Vibrations – Beach Boys (’66)

Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful (’66)

Summertime – Billy Stewart (’66)

California Nights – Leslie Gore (’67)

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone (’69)

In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry (’70)

Summer Sand – Dawn (’71)

Chick-A-Boom – Daddy Dew Drop (’71)

Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts (’72)

Coconut – Harry Nilsson put “the lime in the coconut” in ‘72

Beach Baby – First Class (’74)

Sunrise – Eric Carmen (’76)

Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet (‘77)

Summer Nights – Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta (’78)

Fins – Jimmy Buffet (’79)

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes (’79)

Cool Night – Paul Davis (’81)

Vacation – The Go Gos (’82)

Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckingham (’83)

Boys of Summer – Don Henley (’84)

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves (’85)

Endless Summer Nights – Richard Marx  (’88)

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