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Best Summer Songs of All Time

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"Under The Boardwalk," The Drifters


Charlie Thomas, Bill Fredericks, Rick Sheppard, Abdul Samad and Johnny Moore of Drifters
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Released in June 1964, "Under the Boardwalk" is one of the greatest teenage symphonies ever recorded, a string-bathed evocation of a secret hook-up down by the sea. Lead singer Johnny Moore – who was taking his first lead vocal with the band after the heroin-related death of Rudy Lewis the day before the session – sings slyly about people walking the boardwalk who have no inkling of the illicit teenage action going on below their feet.


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