First recorded by Little Eva, this breezy summertime song evokes the high-rise apartments in American cities where urban dwellers could escape from the stresses of daily living by climbing onto the tar "beaches" on the roofs of their buildings.
This song was written by the then husband-and-wife team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and the lead vocalist was Rudy Lewis. Carole King recorded a solo version of this on her 1970 album Writer.
In the UK this was not a hit but a cover version by Kenny Lynch reached #10.
In 1995 Robson & Jerome had a UK#1 hit with their version of this song. It was a double A side along with Frankie Laine's "I Believe."
Laura Nyro sang a slowed-down rendition for her 1970 album, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. Although many artists (Three Dog Night, The 5th Dimension, Barbra Streisand) had hits with Nyro's soulful tunes, her Goffin/King cover was her sole chart hit as an artist, peaking at #92 on the Hot 100.