May 12, 2015 6:59 AM   Subscribe

Utterly mad live version of a classic. Get your ears around this. Billy Stewart killing a classic.
posted by maltorrance (16 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
This is fucking incredible. Could not possibly be more in my musical wheelhouse. Thank you.
posted by Sokka shot first at 7:07 AM on May 12, 2015

We just learned about Billy Stewart and his version of this song from the series finale of Moone Boy. It was this version. I have learned it was a Top 10 at the time but I had never heard or heard of it.
posted by stevil at 7:23 AM on May 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

Nice Sokka glad to be of service.
posted by maltorrance at 8:17 AM on May 12, 2015

Holy crap this is nuts. And awesome.
posted by gwint at 8:36 AM on May 12, 2015

Loved it. He killed it. (Might have liked a little less echo, but that is me)
posted by Samizdata at 9:00 AM on May 12, 2015

I am imagining a young Van Morrison devouring these records as he tries to develop his style. an obvious influence.
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:31 AM on May 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

I honestly can't decide if I like this or not, but wow that is a bad video. Like, comically bad.

Going to listen again now. Carry on.
posted by MexicanYenta at 9:48 AM on May 12, 2015

Ok, I've decided. I like it. A lot.
posted by MexicanYenta at 9:53 AM on May 12, 2015

I'm still trying to decide, myself. It's an awesome, unique performance, to be sure. I'm just not sure it works that well with a song like Summertime. But, hey. No biggie.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:59 AM on May 12, 2015

Stuart Maconie had with a segment on BBC Radio 6 this weekend called Five Tracks I'd Never Have Heard Without WFMU, and one of them was an absolutely delirious, manic live performance of this. The show (Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone) isn't available as a podcast but it should be on iPlayer.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:08 AM on May 12, 2015 [3 favorites]

How can you people not know the Fat Boy? Both Summertime and Sitting in the Park are classic 60's R&B tracks.

Kids, lawn, remove yourselves, etc.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:53 AM on May 12, 2015 [3 favorites]

Here he is, Billy Stewart! It's a low quality version of a live TV performance, but better than nothing. (I now realize it's the same Summertime video as linked by PeterMcDermott.)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:21 AM on May 12, 2015

I Do Love You is one of my favorite albums. Y'all should check it out.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 11:27 AM on May 12, 2015

echo echo echo.... amazing singer, but the echo is kinda disturbing
posted by greenhornet at 1:55 PM on May 12, 2015

Nice. Wish the recording quality was better.

I saw Leontyne Price when she appeared at my school in the late seventies. It was a small crowd, mostly older local folks. At the end of her show she asked for requests and I practically leaped to my feet crying "Summertime!"

Ms. Price fixed me with a look and a broad smile, clearly pleased to see an enthusiastic young fan, and said "oh my, it's been a while." Then, after a short conference with her accompanist about adjusting the key down, she began. Her voice occupied the song, delivering waves of deliriously luscious summer heat, leaving me covered in goose flesh and weeping with joy. For me, no version of the song has ever approached the one I heard that night.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:32 PM on May 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

DAMMIT where was this when I was preparing my lecture on mid-century indie r&b labels? such a gem
posted by LMGM at 4:42 PM on May 13, 2015

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