A curious phenomenon
XXXXXtakes place every year
XXXXXXat the start of summer.
According to the rules of dating etiquette outlined in pop songs, its perfectly acceptable for a guy and a girl to take
a break from going steady and have a "summer fling or two." Some of my favorite songs explore that theme, and I would like to share them with you.
Let's begin with "Save Your Heart for Me" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys, a record that climbed the Billboard chart during the summer of 1965, reaching its peak in the top 5 in mid August.
"Save Your Heart for Me" - Gary Lewis
and the Playboys (August 1965,
highest chart position #2)
Hold on a minute, Gary. Let me make sure I got this straight. You're tellin' me that young lovers agree to go their separate ways during June, July, and August, with the understanding that they will both date other people? Come September, the poor unsuspecting others get kicked to the curb and the original boy and girl get back together and pick up where they left off? Hmmm.
The plan sounds oh so simple. To hear Jan and Dean tell it,
it's as easy as 1,2,3.
"It's as Easy as 1,2,3" - Jan and Dean
(July 1965, uncharted B side of
"You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy")
Breaking it off for the summer isn't always as easy as 1,2,3. In their top 5 hit from August 1966, the Happenings said goodbye at the station with a good bit of trepidation.
"See You in September" - Happenings
(August 1966, highest chart position #3)
In July of 1962 Brian Hyland attempted to ensure that his girl would come back to him at summer's end by sealing the deal with a kiss.
"Sealed With a Kiss" - Brian Hyland
(July 1962, highest chart position #3)
A summer fling might be just what the doctor ordered to fix your ticker after getting dumped. Beach Boys Mike Love and Brian Wilson wrote a song from a dumpee's point of view and it became a top 50s hit in the summer of 1964. It's all about a heartbreaker named "Wendy."
"Wendy" - Beach Boys (from July 1964
album All Summer Long, single charted
in October/November 1964, highest
chart position #44)
Solution oriented Jan and Dean found the perfect place to lose the love sick blues. It's Surf City, a place where there's two swingin' honeys for every guy and all you gotta do is just wink your eye. Gosh, old Shady Del never had to go to all that trouble!
"Surf City" - Jan and Dean
(July 1963, highest chart position #1)
News flash! Either Jan or Dean (I'm thinkin' Jan) found himself a squeeze in Surf City and now she's his summer girl!
"She's My Summer Girl" - Jan and Dean
(August 1963, uncharted B side of
Stay where you are! More hot weather music and memories are coming up in the 12th and final installment of
Summer Means Fun!
Have a Shady day!