Last week, Parade magazine revealed the results of its readers’ all time top “songs of summer” which included two songs that have a Kingston connection.
“Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful came in at #3 on the list. The 1966 song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 that summer, with founding member Zal Yanovsky on guitar. Yanovsky left the band the following year and later moved to Kingston where he opened Chez Piggy restaurant.
The band reunited for the 1980 Paul Simon film “One-Trick Pony” (video) and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, just two years before Yanovsky’s death.
At #4, immediately below that Lovin’ Spoonful classic, was “Summer of ’69” by Kingston-born Bryan Adams, who spent his first two years in Kingston while his father was serving in the Canadian armed forces.
Coming in ahead of these two songs in the poll were 1991’s “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince at the top of the list and the 1984 hit “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley coming in at #2.
Bryan Adams performed “Summer of ’69” just this past Saturday night when he appeared as Taylor Swift’s surprise guest at her concert in Toronto. Swift has played acoustic versions of the tune in previous concerts and on Saturday named it as one of her favorite songs ever written.
Check out Bryan and Taylor performing together in the video below:
[Credit: “The Shtepik” on Youtube]