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The Jamies are connected to Fenway Park?

18 Jul

One of the more enduring “songs of the summer” was “Summertime Summertime” which was a Top 40 hit for the the Jamies in 1958. The song has the distinction of hitting the Top 40 again when it was re-released in 1962. The Jamies were from Dorchester, Massachusetts. They were led by and got their name from brother and sister, Tom and Serena Jameson. Jeannie Roy and Arthur Blair rounded out the group. The Jamies were discovered by then Boston DJ Sherm Feller. Sherm went on to be a legendary PAThe Jamies announcer at Fenway Park and entertained many a frustrated Red Sox fan over his 26 year career. Sherm co-wrote “Summertime Summertime” with Tom Jameson and got them a demo opportunity with Archie Bleyer, owner of Cadence records. Archie’s daughter was there that day and liked the demo, so Archie booked them for studio time. When his daughter heard the recording and decided she no longer liked it, Archie threw the record away. Sherm Feller offered to buy it, but Bleyer insisted that he simply take it, assuming it would never sell. Sherm wen to Epic records, got a $2,000 advance and began the group on a tour to promote the record. In the five weeks between July 18th to Labor day it sold a quarter of a million copies. When it was re-released, it sold another quarter of a million copies. Archie Bleyer lost, Sherm Feller won, the Jamies had at least brief success, although they will forever be considered a “one-hit wonder” and after his DJ and music career was over, the fans of the Boston Red Sox won. Sherm never did see the Red Sox win the world series, but he did have a hit record to his credit.

Hear the Jamies here: TUNEDEX MEMORIES

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in Did You Know?

 

4 responses to “The Jamies are connected to Fenway Park?

  1. Mike Dooley

    November 15, 2007 at 7:24 am

    I love this song. Nice little backstory, I’ve never known anything about the Jamies. They’d make an interesting “Where Are They Now?” type story.

     
    • Kristin Anderson

      August 17, 2009 at 7:15 am

      My mom is Serena Jameson (McKenney) and Tom Jameson, who passes away this summer, was my uncle. It should be crystal clear that Sherm (‘the Worm’) Feller had nothing to do with writing Summertime, Summertime. Uncle Tommy wrote it at Nan Warburton’s piano, in Dorchester. Every note. Every word. It was 100% complete when Sherm ‘discovered’ the Jamies. A more naiive singing group never existed; so they signed their rights over to ‘Sherm’ and he called himself co-writer. Uncle Tom, the consumate gentleman, ended up becoming friendly with Feller, even attending Red Sox games w/him. But Feller did not pen one speck of their hit song.

       
      • ronnieoldiesguy@aol.com

        April 27, 2020 at 2:32 am

        Hi Kristin, I am Ronnie Allen, a deejay who worked for Casey Kasem as his East Coast writer, researcher and interviewer on “American Top 40” for 15 years (1972 through 1987). I interviewed more than 1200 people in the music business. Over the past 16 years I have done more than 100 interview shows for a website called Jersey Girls Sing that are on this page: http://www.jerseygirlssing.com/RonnieRadioPageRR.html.

        I am 76 years young. “Summertime, Summertime” has, for 62 years, been one of my all-time favorite records: I have heard it maybe 1000 times and will never get tired of it. I’ve read Todd Batista’s article about the Jamies and find it incredibly interesting. I would absolutely be thrilled to do a brief phone interview with your mom Serena. I know my listeners would love it and,yes, it would be a brief hiatus from all the coronavirus news.

        My email address is ronnieoldiesguy@aol.com and my phone number is 215-428-0102. Oh yes, until tonight I thought the lyric of “Summertime” was about “THE MILLS” but it was “THEM HILLS” ….. after 60 years I just learned something about the song I love so much!

        If either you or your mom can write me or call me it will make my day and in advance my summertime!

        Ronnie Allen

        P.S. I am on Facebook as Ronnie Allen. If you are, i would love to be your friend. Here’s a radio countdown show from 1958 that I PERSONALLY CREATED.. “Summertime, Summertime” is on the chart! The host, “Patty Vacation,” is a computer personality of my imagination! https://www.jerseygirlssing.com/pvc.htm

        Please feel free to share this with Serena.

         
  2. Greg James

    September 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Hi Kristin,
    The song is still being played on radio stations here in Australia and quite regularly on the stations that specialize in music from the 50s’ through to the 80s. Personally, I have always enjoyed both the A and B sides. Thank you, for the information in your post on the “co-writer” of the song. It’s something that does not appear on most sites that have any information about the Jamies(although hinted, on one website). It wasn’t the first or last time that a “co-writer” was added to songs they had no part in writing at all, unfortunately. All the very best to the family.

     

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