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On BUG night July 2023, we'll try this song in D!
You can play in the same key as the video in GCEA tuning, if you use the G songsheet and put your capo on the 2nd fret! This is one of the few 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 charts. In 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.