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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘The Boys Of Summer’

The song, “The Boys Of Summer”, was originally recorded by Don Henley in 1984

Eagles singer and drummer, Don Henley (b.1947), co-wrote the song, “The Boys Of Summer”, with Mike Campbell (b.1950), for his second solo studio album, “Building The Perfect Beast”, in 1984. It was released as the lead single from the album in October and would peak at No.5 on the US singles chart, No.3 in Australia and No.12 in the UK, which it has gone on to chart on three further occasions and receive a Gold certification for sales of more than 600,000 copies.


Spanish DJ, Samuel Bouriah (b.1969), recorded a dance version of the song with Dutch singer Marie-José van der Kolk (aka Loona) on vocals for his 2002 album, “Heaven”. The song was the third single released and would peak at No.2 in the UK, No.7 on the US dance chart and become a big top ten hit all across Europe and in Australia, where it reached No.9. US rock band The Ataris recorded their version the same year, taking it to No.20 in America and No.49 in the UK.

But which version is the best? DON HENLEY’s original or DJ SAMMY’s cover?

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