Hit Songs of 1968 – #16

Are you ready for some early Heavy Metal? The group Blue Cheer moved up the charts in 1968 with “Summertime Blues.” That song was written by and recorded by Eddie Cochran in 1958. The Who were also playing the song in the late 60s in concerts. The Blue Cheer version has a much heavier sound. It managed to make it up to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of April 28 – May 4.

I found a review of Blue Cheer in May 11, 1968 issue of Record World that described them at a concert at the Fillmore East. Author of the article, Fave Finkle, says “Blue Cheer pulled off the evening’s best playing, with their ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘Out of Focus’ high points of the performance. The afghan-hound-haired trio plays extremely well, especially the drummer. Group needs variety.”

Blue Cheer only existed from 1967 to 1972. In that time there were numerous changes in the members of the group. That would lead to fights over the name of the group in the early 2000s when former members wanted to tour using the name of  the group.