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You can play in the same key as the video in GCEA tuning, if you put your capo on the 2nd fret! I haven't figured out the final chord of the song, and a chord or two in the last line of the verse after the first bridge - but maybe they'll come to me later or you can email me what you think. This is one of the first times I've put bar lines throughout the song but it's a really different song because of the phrasing of the lyrics. Most importantly I wanted you to see how the G Bm C D lines up rhythmically all through the song.
"A Summer Song" was played on Juke Box Jury where guest judge Ringo Starr assessed the track as a "miss" (i.e., flop) with no U.S. hit potential. Indeed, in the UK – where Chad & Jeremy's "Yesterday's Gone" had been a rather mild hit, followed by the unsuccessful "Like I Love You Today" – "A Summer Song" did not reach the chartsIn the United States – following the near-Top 20 success of "Yesterday's Gone" – the track afforded the duo their career record, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of 17–24 October 1964. "A Summer Song" also went to #2 for six weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart. It is considered one of the signature songs of the British Invasion. "A Summer Song" also reached #7 in Canada and #49 in Australia. The selection is featured on the soundtracks of the films Rushmore (1998), The Princess Diaries (2001), and Men in Black 3 (2012), and was used in the "ESPN's Sports Heaven" commercial that aired during Super Bowl XL. It appears in a 2019 TV commercial for Coors Light.