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 PA 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.
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