Bohannon* ‎– Summertime Groove

Mercury ‎– SRM-1-3728, Mercury ‎– 9110-074
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Let's Start The Dance 5:30
A2 Listen To The Children Play 4:22
A3 Me And The Gang 5:16
A4 Let's Start The Dance (Finals) 1:08
B1 I Wonder Why
Orchestrated By [Strings] – Johnny Allen
B2 Summertime Groove 8:10
B3 The Street Dance
Backing Vocals – Sonia Rossman

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Recorded at The Master Sound Studio, Atlanta, GA
Mixed at The Master Sound Studio and Studio One, Atlanta, GA

This album introduces Carolyn Crawford known as Caroline on lead and background vocals, except on 'The Street Dance', background vocals by Caroline and Sonia Rossman
This album is dedicated to all my Disco friends

Artist is credited as Bohannon on front of sleeve, Hamilton Bohannon on the back and on the labels

Back of sleeve shows the secondary cat # 9110-074

℗© 1978 Phonogram, Inc., a Polygram Company
Distributed by Polygram Distribution, Inc.

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  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): SRM-1-3728 A-SM2 MASTERDISK G.K. SMI
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): SRM-1-3728 B-SM-1 MASTERDISK G.K. SMI

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UICY-91004 Hamilton Bohannon Summertime Groove(CD, Album, RE) Mercury UICY-91004 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
6338 884 Hamilton Bohannon Summertime Groove(LP, Album) Mercury 6338 884 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
077 014-2 Bohannon* Summertime Groove(CD, Album, RM, Dig) Mercury, Miracle (5) 077 014-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
RJ-7546 Bohannon* Summertime Groove(LP, Album, Promo) Mercury RJ-7546 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
UICY-77032 Hamilton Bohannon Summertime Groove(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Mercury UICY-77032 Japan 2015 Sell This Version


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January 9, 2018
Bohannon certainly developed his own style, this is perhaps the best of it. Side-1 is in essence a dance party at the Bohannon studios. Unique rhythm, great percussion and drums, and the pulsing "Bohannon" vocal. Also, maybe it's just me but this is definitely a well engineered and a good pressing.


March 17, 2016
"Let's Start the Dance" is sampled by Nick Holder under his alias Fruit Loops - the track there is called "Clap Ya Hands"


March 6, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Don't be put off by the cheesy cover, this is a quality album from start to finish, quite a rarity for disco. Bohannon's music was really quite unusual, maybe if you have not heard a lot of funk and soul you can dismiss it as lightweight generic dance music but compared to a lot of the more unsung disco Bohannon definitely had his own style. Named the "Bohannon Beat" Bohannon did not, like many other funks acts, suddenly "go disco" but seemed to stick with what he did from the start and wait until the times caught up with him. His work reminds me of someone like Bo Diddley, come up with a killer signature groove and then spend a career perfecting and then retreding it.

A lot of the music is quite African sounding, especially the guitar work which sparkles around the pounding beat he lays down. While it is almost certainly not an influence I am also reminded of the trance grooves of Krautrock artists like Can, one chord with a sprinkling of chanted vocals over the top. Check out the shuffling groove that introduces The Street Dance for example. Bohannon doesn't write songs, possibly why his music is a bit under rated as he never had that one monster hit, he just lays down a huge beat and chucks scratchy guitar, bubbling synth and chugging bass over the top. He plays almost like a drum machine and Let's Start The Dance sounds like very early rap with the jive talking chatter.

Listen to the Children Play uses Harpsichord to spooky effect, quite soundtracky before the groove starts, I don't know if it has been sampled but it should be. The only tune that is a bit weak is the ballad I Wonder Why, which strangely reminds me of Albatross by Fleetwood Mac!

The songs all have a very similar feel but at least for this album Bohannon manages to bring it all together and find enough variety in the arrangements to showcase his approach is the most consistent fashion.

If you are a fan of disco, 70's funk or rare groove this is the Bohannon album to pick up.

WTC Productions


January 31, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

One of the more roots disco stuff, has been sampled many time from Kenny Dope to Paul Johnson (even Alcatraz). The first track is certainly one of the "house original" stuff. Even you can find the root of the big Paul Johnson great hit “Get Down”.