Summer time an’ the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ an’ the cotton is high. Oh, yo’ daddy’s rich, and yo’ ma’ is good-lookin’, So hush, little baby, don’ yo’ cry.
Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
Oh yeah, Summer is here and where else would you want to be except for beautiful Byron Bay! The weather is amazing right now, averaging about 27 degrees. Lots of holiday-makers in the area and school leavers letting their hair down. Theming the show around Summer was almost too obvious. That’s me on the uke and Mardi, one of our beautiful volunteers getting in the mood, prior to the show.
I was planning on a very lighthearted, pop-dominated program this week but received the sad news on Saturday that one of our Jazz presenters, and long-time BayFM supporters, had died last Friday evening. Peter Katims (fondly known as PK) had been fighting cancer for a number of years and, despite his illness, worked at the station as both a presenter and as part of the management committee right up until his passing. He will be missed. My programming slot, 2-4 Tuesdays, was the original time that he presented his program, ‘All That Jazz’, so I really wanted to honour him during the show. You will find a number of fine jazz tunes, and a couple of my own favourite non-jazz tunes, in the playlist that were dedicated to him. Although I only knew PK for a short time, I know that he would have hated a lot of fuss and ‘BS’ and would have expected us to get on with the job. So I hope that my Summer show also celebrates what he loved: good music and good community radio.
So, without further ado, here’s the playlist. An * denotes that the song was dedicated to PK:
Summertime – Billy Stewart
*Blue Skies – Ella Fitzgerald
*Too Darn Hot – Ann Miller
*Watermelon Man – Julie London
Groovin’ – The Young Rascals
Feels Like Summer – Al Green
Summerfling – k.d. lang
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Wipeout – Surfaris
Surf City – Jan and Dean
All summer long – The Beach Boys
California Sun – Joe Jones
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
My Girl – Temptations
Summer in the City – The Lovin Spoonful
Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts
In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
Ice Cream Man – Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
Too hot – Prince Buster
*When Sunny Gets Blue – Anita O’Day
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams
Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Hawaii Five-O Theme – The Ventures
Surfin’ Safari – The Beach Boys
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles
*I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
*Sunny – Bobby Hebb
Finally, here’s some vision of Ella Fitzgerald. Bye PK.
Next week I’m thinking I might do ‘Around the World’. Let me know if you have any suggestions of songs that mention a particular part of the world, or travelling in general.
Theme Park airs on BayFM 99.9 Tuesdays 2-4pm Eastern Standard Time. Streaming on http://www.bayfm.org