The sun­shine sen­sa­tions that hit all the right notes

Hum­ming along to the sounds of sum­mer? MAR­ION McMULLEN looks back at some hit hol­i­day songs

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DRIV­ING a dou­ble decker bus around Europe with your mates for the sum­mer was the start­ing point of Bri­tish movie Sum­mer Hol­i­day. It saw Sir Cliff Richard be­hind the wheel with The Shad­ows, Una Stubbs and Melvyn Hayes all aboard for the sun­shine romp. The film was one of the movie block­busters of 1963 and also led to the ti­tle track reach­ing num­ber one in the UK, Aus­tralia, Canada and across Europe.

Cliff got ev­ery­one in the hol­i­day mood, singing “We’re go­ing where the sun shines brightly. We’re go­ing where the sea is blue. We’ve seen it on the movies. Now let’s see if it’s true.”

Writ­ten by Bruce Welch and Brian Ben­nett of The Shad­ows, Sum­mer Hol­i­day was one of 16 songs writ­ten for the film that was ad­ver­tised as “the cra­zi­est riot on wheels!”.

Cliff even sang the song when he fa­mously en­ter­tained the Wim­ble­don crowd with an im­promptu sin­ga­long when rain stopped play back in 1996.

Chil­dren’s TV pre­sen­ter Timmy Mal­lett was at num­ber one in 1990 with a cover ver­sion of nov­elty song Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yel­low Polka Dot Bikini.

It was first a hit for Brian Hyland in 1960 and Timmy Mal­lett’s record­ing was pro­duced by An­drew Lloyd Web­ber and re­leased un­der the name Bom­balu­rina – one of the fe­lines char­ac­ters from the mu­si­cal Cats. The sin­gle went to num­ber one in the UK, New Zealand and across Europe.

T S Eliot’s Old Pos­sum’s Book Of Prac­ti­cal Cats also in­spired the name of Bri­tish band Mungo Jerry who took their name from the poem Mun­go­jer­rie and Rumpleteaz­er.

The band’s singer and gui­tarist Ray Dorset wrote the group’s big­gest hit, In The Sum­mer­time, in 1970 and saw it go on to be­come one of the world’s big­gest sell­ing sin­gles with Shaggy also record­ing a ver­sion in 1995.

Dorset wrote the sum­mer favourite in just 10 min­utes on a secondhand gui­tar.

Nov­elty song Agadoo took Bri­tish group Black Lace to num­ber two in the sum­mer of 1984 – it was kept off the top spot by Ge­orge Michael’s Care­less Whis­per – and spent 30 weeks in the sin­gles charts. The song sold more than a mil­lion copies world­wide even though it was banned by BBC Ra­dio 1 for not be­ing “cred­i­ble”.

The song came com­plete with dance moves with the lyrics urg­ing “Come and dance ev­ery night with a hula melody.”

The right moves also in­spired the sur­prise suc­cess of Macarena by Span­ish duo Los Del Rio (An­to­nio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones) in Au­gust, 1995. It also spent record 60 weeks in the Amer­i­can chart, 14 of them at no.1, while news­pa­pers of­fered tips on how to get the dance rou­tine right.

The Damned’s Cap­tain Sen­si­ble found him­self with a sum­mer hit on his hands in 1982 with his ver­sion of Happy Talk, from the Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein mu­si­cal South Pa­cific.

The punk band’s drum­mer mem­o­rably ap­peared on Top Of The Pops with a stuffed par­rot on his shoul­der while back­ing vo­cals came from the band Dolly Mix­ture.

The Cheeky Girls cel­e­brated sum­mer with a Hip Hip Hooray (It’s A Cheeky Hol­i­day)

TV star Timmy Mallet sang about a very small bikini

Span­ish girl group Las Ketchup had hol­i­day­mak­ers danc­ing to The Ketchup Song in 2002 and ended up sell­ing seven mil­lion sin­gles world­wide.

A year later Ro­ma­nian twin sis­ters the Cheeky Girls, Gabriela and Mon­ica Irimia – who found fame on The X Fac­tor –came out with Hip Hip Hooray (It’s A Cheeky Hol­i­day) in 2003 singing “When the sun goes down, it’s party time.”

How­ever, when heat­waves hit, Sum­mer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoon­ful is of­ten still the first song that ra­dio DJs reach for be­cause it cap­tures the sen­sa­tion of swel­ter­ing heat.

The song was a hit in 1966 and was recorded over two days. The track fea­tured traf­fic noise and car horn sound ef­fects with lyrics con­trast­ing the heat of the city dur­ing the day with the cool of the night. “Hot town, sum­mer in the city, Back of my neck get­ting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn’t it a pity. Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.”

Of course, no sum­mer would be com­plete with­out a Beach Boys track ... or two.

They brought beach culture to the air­waves with clas­sic songs like Surfin’ USA, All Sum­mer Long, Cal­i­for­nia Girl, Do It Again and Wouldn’t It Be Nice.

Founder mem­ber Brian Wil­son once summed up the sea­son say­ing: “Sum­mer means happy times and good sun­shine. It means go­ing to the beach, go­ing to Dis­ney­land, hav­ing fun.”

The Beach Boys brought the surfin’ sound to our shores This Cap­tain took a sen­si­ble ap­proach with a clas­sic show tune Cliff Richard and the Shad­ows took us all on a bus­man’s hol­i­day... and we loved it

The Lovin’ Spoon­ful had the per­fect hit for heat­waves

In the Nineties we were all busy learn­ing to dance the Macarena

Agadoo was a smash hit for Black Lace Sum­mer in­spired Mungo Jerry gui­tarist Ray Dorset

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