One of the most covered and greatest rock 'n' roll songs was first recorded by Eddie Cochran. While his label tried to turn him into a teen idol crooner, Cochran had great success with "Summertime Blues" despite having it relegated to a B-side. Teenagers are able to relate to certain songs and turn them into big hits. Chuck Berry made a career off this phenomena. But "Summertime Blues" remains the epitome of the genre.
The most legendary cover of "Summertime Blues" links psychedelic garage/freakbeat and hard rock/heavy metal. Blue Cheer...well...just look at the video. The hair! Oh, the hair! And is that Animal on drums?
The Who at Woodstock
Brian Setzer in La Bamba
Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues by Joan Jett
Summertime Blues by Blue Cheer
Summertime Blues (Live at Monterey) by The Who
Summertime Blues (Live at Leeds, I think) by The Who
Summertime Blues (Studio Outtake)by Brian Setzer