Music video by Alan Jackson performing Summertime Blues. (C) 1994 Arista Records, Inc.
"Summertime Blues" is a 1958 song recorded by Eddie Cochran about the trials and tribulations of teenage life in America.
It was written in the late 1950s by Eddie Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and #18 on the UK Singles Chart. The handclapping is performed by Sharon Sheeley, and the deep vocals at the end of each verse are done by Cochran. The drummer on that recording date was Earl Palmer.
The song is ranked #73 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Part of its lyrics address the controversy surrounding the voting age, which at the time was 21. Such protests would lead to the 26th Amendment, lowering the age to 18.
Recorded on his 1994 album Who I Am, Alan Jackson's version reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and #4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 (equivalent to #104 on the Billboard Hot 100).
Alan Jackson's version: While so many versions of this song have been recorded, Alan was inspired by Buck Owens' version. The video was directed by Michael Salomon and was released in June 1994.
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