Monday Quiz – Summertime! The Answers

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Dear Readers, I hope you enjoy this summer soundtrack! I really enjoyed putting it together. As for the answers, both Jacqueline Jacques (welcome, Jacqueline!) and Fran and Bobby Freelove got something different for C) but I have listened to both songs and they seem to fit the bill to me, so I have given all parties 10 out of 10, well done! And I hope that everyone got through the high temperatures in the UK  last week without spontaneously combusting 🙂

The Songs

A) ‘Summer in the City’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful, and also Joe Cocker, B.B.King and Quincy Jones

B) ‘Summertime’ – Ella Fitzgerald or this version with Louis Armstrong on trumpet. This is the essence of summer for me.

C) ‘Hot, hot, hot’ by Arrow, from 1982. I defy anyone to feel miserable while listening to this (or indeed to sit still)

D) ‘Heat Wave’ by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Have a look at this  actual video of the group!

E) ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding. Although this song has that slow, lazy summer feeling, when you listen to the lyrics it’s a very melancholy tale.

F) ‘Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama. Dear oh dear. This brings back some memories, chiefly of a very unfortunate poodle perm that I had. Worth watching for what is possibly the most peculiar video I’ve ever seen.

G) ‘Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley (1984). Something very melancholy about this one too!

H) ‘Summer Breeze’ by the Isley Brothers, also Seals and Croft. I love the Isley Brothers version best.

I) ‘Schools Out for Summer’ by Alice Cooper. I remember the outrage about this at the time!

J) ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and the Waves. Such a happy song, and a good one to finish on. The video is worth a look for Londoners, just to see how much the area around Tower Bridge has changed.

Photo Credits

Swift Photo by pau.artigas, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

3 thoughts on “Monday Quiz – Summertime! The Answers

  1. Liz Norbury

    I loved this quiz, because I love all thee songs. I would have sent an entry, but annoyingly, there were two sets of lyrics which I couldn’t identify, even though they were both very familiar – Heatwave and Cruel Summer. I agree that the Bananarama video is very odd indeed – I can’t work out what’s meant to be going on. Your comment about your poodle perm brought back the cruellest summer I inflicted on my hair – 1984,when I had a such a perm before setting off on a two-month trip around the USA. Weeks of hot sun turned my hair into am uncontrollable frizzy ball, and I never had a perm again!


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