Six Unlikely Covers of "Summertime"

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin's "Summertime" has racked up thousands of covers since it appeared on the soundtrack to Porgy & Bess is 1935, and while several jazz and blues artists covered it in the 20th century - Billy Stewart's version being perhaps the most goosebump-inducing, next to Janis Joplin's - its appeal continues. Most recently Scarlet Johannson and Massive Attack covered the tune for the Days of Grace soundtrack.

Here are a few of the more under-the-radar covers of the song, to get you ready for more of these beautiful 109-degree days...

Crooked Fingers
Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann does a Crooked Finger-y interpretation for the Onion's AV Club.

The Residents
This cover, from 1984's George & James, well, it sounds like the Residents.

Albert Ayler
The free-jazz saxophonist haunts this version from start to finish, giving the original a spiritual update.


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