Sitting in the Park (Georgie Fame)

29 DECEMBER 1966

Georgie Fame capped off a very good year for himself (and his band the Blue Flames) when his reggae-ish single ‘Sitting in the Park’ entered the UK charts during this week, and went on to peak at #12. It did not chart in the US.

Maybe it's just that lilting beat, the flutes, the slightly spacey feel, and the imagery of sitting in the park, but the song has a distinctly stoner vibe about it. It's also rather summery for a single released in December, and might well have charted a bit higher six months earlier.

This had already been a US hit for Billy Stewart in 1965, when it reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Stewart's original had more of a 'soul' feel, but Fame adds new sounds and does an excellent job.

B-side: 'Many Happy Returns'
Released: 16 December 1966
Highest chart position: #12 (UK)
Length: 3:15
Label: Columbia ‎– DB 8096
Writer: Billy Stewart
Producer: Denny Cordell

Sitting in the Park (Georgie Fame)