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you know, THAT Summertime, not just any song called that.
I'm going to go for Billie Holiday.
There's a live version with Hendrix that's particularly amazing.
Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff? That's the first song that came to mind.
or has anything to do with the song at all, but at least you can listen to it
nina simone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM_Nb6dpnys
I was going to say Mungo Jerry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc9wIzi96_E&feature=related
i think the way she belts it out is perfect. there's a video of devendra banhart doing a version of it with some weird dancing going on in front of him as well. bit odd
so I vote DJ Jazzy Jeff etc as well. Great song that.
Assuming it is that one. Brings back good memories. That song is much better than the nonsense Will Smith one.
Whenever I listen to his version of 'Summertime' it makes me really sad. Apparently his life spiralled out of control during his last years, and he was a very lonely man. This song sums that state of mind up perfectly.
George Benson’s version is pretty good too, if you want something from the other end of the uplifting/depressing spectrum.
Who does the vesrion of Summetime that has lots of yelps in it that's at the end of a film who's name I can't remember and it goes like this on the last verse
"so hush little babyyyy....
Bah Bah Bah Bah Bah Bah Bah"
I first heard it sung this way on the League Against Tedium Raidio show about 12 years ago and it's been bugging me since.
Ta folks x
does an amazing version with a 'spot that riff' bassline....
that's probably Billy Stewart's version. Really dramatic 50s RnB with loads of strings and a bit of beatboxing. Amazing.
I'll plump for the Janis Joplin & Big Brother version, the one on the live album, with the twiddly fuzzy guitars.
Thanks so much, it's been doing my head in for about 12 years - honestly.
The fact that you got that from my spelling is also something else to be proud of.