Mungo Jerry are an English folk/classic rock group whose greatest success was in the early
1970s, though they have continued throughout the years with an ever-changing line-up,
always fronted by Ray Dorset. They are remembered above all for their hit "In the
Summertime". It remains the most successful and most instantly recognisable summer song.
Their name was inspired by the poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, from T. S. Eliot's Old
Possum's Book of Practical Cats.According to Joseph Murrell's The Book of Golden Discs
(1978), 'Mungomania' was possibly the most startling and unpredicted pop phenomenon to hit
Britain since The Beatles.
Dorset and Earl had previously been members of The Good Earth. Soon after recruiting King
and Cole, they made their national debut at the Hollywood Festival at Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Staffordshire in May 1970, the week their first single, "In the Summertime" was released.
They stole the show and the record topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks, made
number one in 26 countries around the world, and to date has sold around 30 million copies.
Mungo Jerry made their first trip to the United States in September 1970. After John Godfrey
replaced Cole, their second single "Baby Jump" also topped the UK chart in March 1971. A
third hit, "Lady Rose" (also in 1971), gave the group the image as a band for producing
summertime based hits.
1. (03:35) - In The Summertime
2. (04:13) - Baby Jump
3. (03:59) - Have A Whiff On Me
4. (03:17) - You Don't Have To Be In The Army (To Fight In The War)
5. (03:16) - She Rowed
6. (03:07) - Ella Speed
7. (02:50) - Alright,Alright,Alright
8. (05:49) - Dust Pneumonia Blues
9. (03:14) - Lady Rose
10. (04:14) - Cold Blue Excursion (Ray Dorset Solo)
11. (03:41) - San Francisco Bay Blues
12. (02:57) - Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black
13. (02:59) - We Shall Be Free
14. (01:48) - Too Fast To Live And Too Young To Die
15. (04:49) - Mighty Man
16. (03:27) - Open Up
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