Those Lazy-Crazy-Hazy Days Of Summer

"Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" is a popular song composed by Hans Carste. It was originally written as "Du spielst 'ne tolle Rolle", with German lyrics by Hans Bradtke (de), and was first recorded under that title in 1962 by Willy Hagara.

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In 1963, it was recorded by Nat King Cole, with English lyrics written by Charles Tobias on a theme of nostalgia.  Cole's version, arranged by Ralph Carmichael and produced by Lee Gillette, reached number 6 on the US Hot 100. On the US Middle-Road Singles chart, "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" reached number 3. It was the opening track of Cole's 1963 album of the same name and was one of his last big hits, two years before his death in '65.

This song features the line: "Those  days of sodas, and pretzels, and beer".

Cole's version mentions seeing girls on the beach, wearing their bikinis, never getting them wet.

Cole's version also mentions that there are more kisses in the drive-in movie theaters, than they are on the screen, featuring The sounds of wolf whistles.

The video is excellent color footage from a BBC TV special in that summer of '63. Is that an 8-string ukulele he's pretending to play?

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