My Obsession for “Summer in the City”

How a song has transversed many genres and ages.

Quincy Jones

1. Quincy Jones — 1973

My fascination with the song starts from the initial 24 seconds of “ Summer in the City” from Quincy Jones 1973 album “You’ve Got It Bad Girl”, I always found that intro to be the coolest/hip piece of music ever played (debatable I know) in the jazz scene from the 70s.
Vocals are by Valerie Simpson.
Quincy won Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella.

2. 3. 4. Nightmares on Wax — 1991, 1995, 1999

With a jump of many years and moving our attention to the UK scene (Warp Records!) in the 90s, I found the first three albums of George Evelyn from Leeds, Nightmares on Wax, that all start with a track that contains the intro of ‘Summer in the City” from Quincy Jones in some shape or form.

5. The Pharcyde — 1992

As I was researching more, I found that the most famous sampling of the Quincy Jones track is back in the US by the hip hop group The Pharcyde in their 1992 debut album Bizarre Ride II in the track “Passin’ Me By”.

6. Lovin’ Spoonful — 1968

The original song is from 1968, very different from the Quincy Jones version and very well known in rock history.

7. Quincy Jones 2–1976

In his 1976 double album “I Heard That!!” Quincy jones again included a slightly different and longer version of “Summer in the City” notably including street voices and noises at the start.

8. Jay-Z feat. Lil Kim

I also found this other extensive sampled use of the Quincy Jones track on Jay-Z feat. Lil Kim — Summer in Brooklyn.
I just found it on YouTube not on Spotify.

9. Others

There are other versions of the original Lovin’ Spoonful song, you can find them online.
If you want to check where it was sampled (a lot!!!) check this page:

Playlist on Spotify

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