You may be ready for the heat to end, but at least one local man is not. For a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer living in Leland, there are plenty of reasons to sing a happy song when it gets this hot.
"I think I like the hot weather now, yes!" Steve Boone said Tuesday. And who could blame him? After all, "Summer in the City," a song he helped write with Lovin' Spoonful bandmate John Sebastian and his brother Mark Sebastian has become an anthem for urban heat waves like the one roasting most of the east coast.
"I think that probably this is typical of that night in New York when we wrote the song," Boone said.
He said they wrote the Lovin' Spoonful's biggest hit on the roof of a New York City apartment building one hot summer night in 1966. And high above New York Tuesday morning, ABC's "Good Morning America" used the song to help paint the picture of a hot summer day.
Boone says the Lovin' Spoonful knew when they recorded the song it would be a hit. And it was; racing to the top of the charts And coming back to life all these summers later. And for the songwriters that means money.
"Oh, yeah," Boone said. "Oh, definitely. You know, in fact, sometimes it can be a significant royalty."
So when you're sweating buckets and waiting for any break from the heat, know there are some rock legends who'd be perfectly happy with an endless summer.
"I love hot weather," Boone said. "I really do. I don't have any problem with is, especially because I know 'Summer in the City' is gonna be played a lot."
"Summer in the city" has been covered by artists like Quincy Jones and Joe Cocker and even sampled in a rap song. Boone and John Sebastian will reunite later this month when Sebastian is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.