1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Here Comes Summer recorded by Jerry Keller Written by Jerry Paul Keller Introduced June 29, 1959, on Kapp records #277
Singer/songwriter Jerry Keller’s Here Comes Summer is the epitome of a young guy’s idea of summer vacation in the fifties with double-feature movies at drive-in theaters. His light, easy voice, like Frankie Avalon’s and Pat Boone’s, is perfect for this bright, upbeat, optimistic song. The finger-snapping arrangement with a “do-do, do-do” chorus and organ accompaniment suits the sing-along fantasies: “swimming every day,” “summer’s better than school,” and “more time to hold my girl.” Here Comes Summer was Jerry Keller’s only recording to ever appear on Billboard’s top 100 chart. It may have made his flat top curl but the refreshing and idealistic Here Comes Summer never made it into the top-ten. Jerry Keller was born in 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended the University of Tulsa. In addition to Here Comes Summer, he wrote Almost There, Andy Williams’ 1964 hit featured in the film ‘I’d Rather Be Rich.’
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Almost June the sun is bright; Drive in movies every night; double features; lots more time to hold her tight"