If you are lucky enough to be at the beach…you are lucky enough.   –author unknown Some days are made for the shade and this beach classic  definitely  fits the bill.   “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters made its debut in 1964.   This  tune tells the story of  a quiet, secret getaway just for two amid the busyness of […]

If you are lucky enough to be at the beach…you are lucky enough.   –author unknown

Some days are made for the shade and this beach classic  definitely  fits the bill.   “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters made its debut in 1964.   This  tune tells the story of  a quiet, secret getaway just for two amid the busyness of the surf and sand.   Personally, I remember hearing the song as a young kid and it was the catchy chorus that had me hooked.   Only later did I really grasp the song's meaning…and it still makes me blush to this day!

One of the more interesting notes to this little ditty is that this one song has two different lines in it…depending upon the version that you're listening to.   The mono version of the song says “we'll be falling in love,” while the stereo version says “we'll be making love.”   Back in 1964, the mono version  served as  the radio  edit  since the “steamier” stereo version was banned from the public airwaves.   Further research puts former Drifters vocalist Johnny Moore as the lead singer.   Moore was asked to do the main vocals after the then current Drifters frontman, Rudy Lewis, died of a suspected drug overdose.   The last minute move resulted in a No. 4 spot on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the song a place in the Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

While this song has been revised dozens of times,  the original  Drifters song is the one that  sweetly whispers “summertime” into my ear…and I can “almost taste the hot dogs and French fries they sell….”

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