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Ray Dorset, who was the group's lead singer and guitarist, wrote this song.
This was Mungo Jerry's first hit single. They had several other hits in their native Britain and in other parts of the world, but this was their only hit in the States.
This sold over 16 million copies worldwide and was Britain's biggest-selling single in 1970. Later on, it was used regularly in many different commercials and became one of the most recognizable songs. Many years later, it became the world's most-played radio song and the most successful summer song ever.
Reggae artist Shaggy covered this in 1995. His version reached UK #5. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
The words "In the summertime" appear only twice: in the first line and near the end. (thanks, Gilbert - Brownsville, TX)
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