With the crappy weather here on the East coast, I think we’re all a bit over anxious for the return of summer! There’s nothing like a good “hit” of sunshine and warm temperatures to make your mind wander to beaches, islands, grill-outs and outdoor fun.
Bring on the margaritas, spiced shrimp, steamed crabs, sandcastles, fresh corn on the cob and other happy summer memories.
The 1978 movie Grease is resurfacing this year. A hit musical/movie – a story of happy and dramatic times for high school teens. Grease, was the word according to Franki Valli who slammed the theme into a #1 hit (written by Barry Gibb). The soundtrack spun off a ton of happy and fun hits such as Summer Nights, You’re the One That I want, Hopelessly Devoted to You and others. In my eyes Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta made the perfect couple as they sang and danced their way through the summer.
And then in 1984 along came Miami Vice – making the Metro Dade PD in Miami Beach the hippest police department ever! Mix two hunky undercover guys wearing the latest European clothing styles, stellar beach scenery, killer music and drug smugglers and now you’ve taken summer to a whole new level!
Sonny Crocket (Don Johnson) and Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs) added a whole new meaning to menswear. Suddenly T-shirts under designer jackets were a rage. No socks, no problem. Rolled up sleeves and Ray Ban sunglasses were ultra-cool. Pastels and shiny jackets flashed throughout this long running contemporary hit show that ended in 1989.
Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges were considered to play Sonny Crocket, but at the time, it was not considered a good move for actors to switch to a TV series. Mickie Rourke was also considered, but decided to turn it down (huh?).
Miami Vice had the most successful TV soundtrack at that time. It showcased a barrage of Billboard hits including the Miami Vice Theme (Jan Hammer), Smuggler’s Blues and You Belong to the City (Glenn Frey). The trendy music fit the Miami Beach setting — it was summer all year ‘round!
So rev up your classic car, start thinking about some fun in the sun. Get some sand between your toes as you flip flop your way down this summer song music list:
Beyond the Sea – Roger Williams: ’56 Bobby Darin ‘60
Island in the Sun – Harry Belafonte ‘57
Summertime Summertime – The Jamies hit it twice (’58 and again in ’62)
Tequila – The Champs (Billboard #1 in ’58), also by Eddie Platt (#20 in ’58)
Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford ‘59
409 – Beach Boys ‘62
Route 66 (theme from TV show) – Nelson Riddle ‘62
Surfin’ Safari – Beach Boys ‘62
Wildwood Days – Bobby Rydell ‘63
Surfer Girl – Beach Boys ‘63
Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas ‘63
Sidewalk Surfin’ – Jan and Dean ‘64
I Get Around – Beach Boys ‘64
Summer Afternoon – The Kinks ‘66
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles ‘66
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream ’68 (yeah, this is a stretch, but it’s a great song!)
(theme from) Hawaii Five-O – Ventures ‘69
Grease – Franki Valli ‘78
Hot Summer Nights – Night ‘79
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys ‘79
Cruel Summer – Bananarama ‘84
Venus – Bananarama ‘84
Sunset Grill – Don Henley ‘85
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams ‘85
(theme from) Miami Vice – Jan Hammer ‘85
Heat is On (from Beverly Hills Cop) – Glenn Frey ‘85
Party All the Time – Eddie Murphy ‘85
Smuggler’s Blues – Glenn Frey ‘85
You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey ‘85
If you enjoyed strolling through this summer music list, be sure to visit the blog post: Here Comes Summer under the motivational music category.
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