What the heck is a Mungo Jerry?

According to the Wikipedia, the group name Mungo Jerry “was inspired by the poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, from T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” If you go to the Mungo Jerry website, you’ll read that “Ray Dorset is…Mungo Jerry…is Ray Dorset,” the fellow on the left in the photo. And looking at the list of all of the former members of the British group of the 1970s, that would be about correct.

The big hit was In the Summertime, which debuted on the charts on July 11, 1970 and went to #3. Here’s one video and here’s another.


6 thoughts on “What the heck is a Mungo Jerry?

  1. Roger, even though the song is unbelievably sexist, I still catch myself singing it, with the heavy vibrato and everything. Funny, huh? Fave summer song: Nat King Cole’s “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (wasn’t that Sly?), “Wipeout” (Ventures), and “Saturday in the Park.” That was when Chicago was really happening, with Terry Kath… before the reign of Peter “Yuck” Cetera, who is one big loaf of Wonder Bread.

    My last post to you before vacation. Peace, Amy

  2. I’ll defend Peter Cetera this much: he had a dynamite lead on “25 or 6 to 4.” Then again, he didn’t write it. (Robert Lamm did.)

    And anyway, ’twas the Surfaris who came up with the original “Wipe Out,” though any Ventures cover — or for that matter, any Ventures original — is worth a listen.

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