American singer Jerry Keller formed his first group, The Lads of Note, whilst still in his teens in the early 1950s. After studying at the University of Tulsa, Keller moved to New York in 1956. He attended the same church there as Pat Boone, who sent him to see Marty Mills who became Keller's manager. This song became his only hit as a recording artist on the UK and US singles charts, but he later carved out a successful career as a songwriter. Among the hits he co-penned were Andy Williams' successful single "Almost There," from the 1964 movie I'd Rather Be Rich. He also wrote the English lyric for "A Man and A Woman " from the 1966 French Academy Award winning film Un Homme et Une Femme, which has been recorded by a number of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Engelbert Humperdinck and Johnny Mathis.
Many consider this song, which celebrates teenage innocence, to be the UK's first ever summer hit. Strangely, though it entered the UK charts in August, this song arrived at #1 in the rather unseasonal month of October.
The Dave Clark Five revived this song in 1970, but their version proved less successful peaking at #44 in the UK.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 23rd 1959, "Here Comes Summer" by Jerry Keller entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #14 and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100... And on October 9th, 1959 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart... Mr. Keller celebrated his 77th birthday three days ago on June 20th, 2014.