October 27, 2020

Summertime Blues

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios Oct. 10, 1967.

Original version by Eddie Cochran charted August 4, 1958. "Summertime Blues" had been in The Who’s live set since at least mid-1967, later became the single pulled from Live At Leeds and is one of their most often performed songs.

From the "Live at Leeds" liner notes by Chris Charlesworth with additions by Brian Cady.

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios Oct. 10, 1967.

Original version by Eddie Cochran charted August 4, 1958. "Summertime Blues" had been in The Who’s live set since at least mid-1967, later became the single pulled from Live At Leeds and is one of their most often performed songs.

From the Live at Leeds liner notes by Chris Charlesworth with additions by Brian Cady:

Eddie Cochran’s bouncy, rhythmic guitar style influenced Pete enormously in The Who’s early days and their version of ‘Summertime Blues’ was a highlight of the band’s stage shows for many years. Pete’s block chord slash style, coupled with John’s rumbling bass riff, was ideal for this song of teenage angst, and Roger, weaned on Fifties rock ‘n’ roll, loved to sing it. John always supplied the basso profundo vocal line with a wry smile.

Cochran died in 1960 and by 1968 The Who had made "Summertime Blues" their very own (they were performing it in their regular set during most of 1967). Other Cochran songs essayed by The Who included "C’mon Everybody" and the lesser known "My Way."

Also released in an edited version as a single on July 10, 1970. According to Matt Kent and Andy Neill’s book Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, the single was released by Track Records without the permission of the members of The Who while they were touring America.

The single reached #38 in the U.K. and #27 in the U.S.

Eddie Cochran’s original was released July 1958 reaching #8 in the U.S. and #18 in Britain. It was also a hit in 1968 for Blue Cheer.

During the original Leeds concert, ‘Summertime Blues’ and the rest of the LP and CD followed the live Tommy.

Other Who live versions can be found on the Monterey Pop boxset (1967), Live at The Isle Of Wight 1970 and Who’s Last (1982). This was track #3 on the original LP, #11 on the 1995 CD and disc one – #10 on the 2001 CD.]