Throwback: Quincy Jones-Summer In The City


[youtube id=”pd9wMHKMj6E”] Quincy Jones covered The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer In The City” for his 1973 album, You’ve Got It Bad Girl.  Jones had already branched out from his jazz roots in the ’60s with his interest in bossa nova, soul and pop. “Summer In The City” was an upbeat rock composition and Jones changed it into a mellow after dark piece ideal for lounging on a sofa at home or in a club. Jones and  Valerie Simpson provided minimal vocals to the mostly instrumental version. A year earlier he worked on Donny Hathaway’s Come Back Charleston Blue soundtrack and these things were a part of his successful run in the ’70s and ’80s as the producer of R&B and pop albums for The Brothers Johnson and Michael Jackson. The theme song to Sanford And Son, and covers of “You Got It Bad Girl” and “Superstition” made You’ve Got It Bad Girl a necessary addition to any collector of Jones’ work. “Summer In The City” re-emerged in the ’90s as the main sample of  The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By.”