Celebs recall the summer singles that changed their lives
''Twist and Shout,'' ''Summertime,'' and ''Glory Days'' are all on this list
Denis Leary I have a nightmare summer song. When I was 17 years old, I was dating a girl and she was a James Taylor fan and I wasn’t getting anywhere with her and I bought tickets to a James Taylor concert and I took her and it was like a four-hour concert. For four hours he played three songs, that’s how long each song was. He literally did a 20-minute version of ”Fire and Rain.” I didn’t get laid and she broke up with me; and so whenever I hear that song it’s a nightmare, and I always hear it during the summertime.
Eddie Murphy ”What a Fool Believes,” by the Doobie Brothers. Whenever I hear it I think of going to summer school.
Ron Howard Favorite summer song…um, oh, I know. It’s as corny as hell. But it’s that song ”In the Summertime,” and the reason is that I had this wonderful summer — it was my best season as a ballplayer and I was really discovering girls.
Me’Shell Ndegeocello ”Everyday People,” by Sly & the Family Stone. It’s got a great groove; it makes you want to dance, makes you want to barbecue.
David Geffen ”Theme From A Summer Place.” I’m an old guy, so it’s my favorite.
Neil Diamond ”Theme From A Summer Place,” because it was the most romantic song around when I was coming to full blossom as a man.
Michael Douglas ”Hot August Night,” by Neil Diamond. I saw him in concert in Vegas 14 years ago and it was a great, memorable night — a hot August night.
Martin Short ”Summer Wind,” by Frank Sinatra.
Jon Lovitz ”Afternoon Delight” and ”Chevy Van.” I don’t know why. They’re really bad songs but they were all [hits] when I was 13.
Gwyneth Paltrow I always associate Tom Petty’s album Full Moon Fever with summer because that came out the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. It just seemed like such an ’80s kind of ”I’m cool” summer thing.
Matthew Broderick Ella Fitzgerald singing ”Summertime.” That’s such a great one. ”Under the Boardwalk” — that sounds so much like the summer to me.
Lionel Richie ”Hot Fun in the Summertime,” by Sly & the Family Stone. It reminds me of when life was extremely good and all my expenses were paid for by my folks. I didn’t have to worry about anything. Now there’s no more summertime — just 12 months and my birthday seems to come every Thursday.
Randy Quaid Anything off Sgt. Pepper. It was the summer of 1967. I was going to school and trying to get laid.
Bill Pullman ”Glory Days,” by Bruce Springsteen. It’s that real jamming rock sound.
David Schwimmer Run-D.M.C.’s ”Raisin’ Hell.” One whole summer I listened to that song. And ”Holiday,” by Madonna.
Gary Sinise ”Summertime Blues,” by Eddie Cochran.
Tom Hanks ”The Lonely Surfer,” by Jack Nitzsche. You know when sometimes it’s summertime and even though it’s supposed to be sunny and bright, a fog bank will roll in on the Northern California coast. It’s cold and gray but you see guys out surfing in the water. The music is very evocative of a guy going out on the board all alone as the swells ride up and down.