Saturday, June 8, 2013

Billy Stewart - Summertime (video & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents a video of & lyrics for the song "Summertime" sung by Billy Stewart.

Information about Billy Stewart is also provided in this post.

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"Billy Stewart (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the 1960s...

Rock and roller Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Stewart playing piano in Washington, D.C. in 1956 and inviting him to be one of his backup musicians.[citation needed]

This led to a recording contract with Diddley's label, Chess Records and Diddley played guitar on Stewart's 1956 recording of "Billy's Blues"...His idiosyncratic improvisational technique of doubling-up, scatting his words and trilling his lips made his style unique in the 1960s.[citation needed]

In 1966, Stewart recorded the LP Unbelievable. The first single released from that album was Stewart's radical interpretation of the George Gershwin song, "Summertime", a Top 10 hit on both the pop and R&B charts."...


Billy Stewart - Summertime

Whatzupduck,Uploaded on Oct 29, 2011


Chuck a-chuck-chuck (huh! yeah!)

A summertime
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin, don't you know my darling, I said a-right now
And the cotton is high
Like-a like-a like-a you're daddy's rich
And your mommy's good-lookin', yeah
So hush, pretty little baby, don't you cry

One of these, one of these, one of these mornings, darlin'
You're gonna rise, you're gonna rise up singin'
Then you'll spread your little wings, your little wings
And-a take to the ska-da-da-da-dy
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.... until-a that mornin'
There's nothin' gonna harm you, girl
With Mommy and Daddy standing by, yeah

Pretty little darlin', I said, a-right now
Don't let a tear, don't let a tear, don't let a tear
Little darlin', I said, fall a-from your eyes

So hush, pretty baby
Chuck a-chuck-chuck

Little darlin' do not let a tear fall-a from your ey-ey-ey-ey-eye

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  1. Ms. Powell, A few months back I viewed a video very similar to this one. on that video Billy is singing the song , but also dances with a girl sitting in the studio. Do you know where I can see that video, and get a copy of it. I absolutely craved this song when I was 16 and even more so now. I would greatly appreciate any guidance you could give me, and thank you very much in advance for this video the bio,and the blog. Bill

    1. Hi Bill.

      I'm sorry that I don't have any information about that video. I also LOVE Billy Stewart's rendition of "Summertime".

      I vaguely recall that there was another version of Billy Stewart performing this song, but I think that it was removed from YouTube.

      I hope that you will find the video that you're looking for.

      Best wishes!