1960’s Love Making Season

‘Time of the Season’ was written in 1967 (Summer of Love), and it was released in England in 1968 where it failed to chart.  The Zombies has disbanded that year, but the song saw a great success in the US the following year, where it reached No. 3 in the charts.  The song was written by Rod Argent who also played keyboards, the vocals are by Colin Blunstone, Guitar Paul Atkinson, Bass Chris White, Drums Hugh Grundy and sound track engineers Peter Vince & Geoff Emerick were the same ones that the Beatles had been using.  This song exudes sex, containing lyrics that are suggestive and music that is seductive.

This song starts out with loping drums, a rising bass line, reverberated offbeat clap and sigh of “ahh”. There is a clap and breath effect that make ‘Time Of The Season’ distinctive and this was overdubbed as a result of a eureka moment that Argent experienced while hearing the backing track playback.  The little clap comes in just in front of the snare and then there is the ‘ahh’ that comes just after it.  It was the last song on their last album that they wrote and recorded and when ‘Time Of The Season’ became a hit, the Zombies had already broken up.

The phrase “Who’s your daddy?” has gone mainstream after being chanted by New York Yankees fans during the 2004 baseball playoffs.  In the Zombies hit “Time of the Season”, a potential love interest is investigated by inquiring, “What’s your name, who’s your daddy?”.  The slang use of ‘daddy’ has been associated with prostitution, where hookers used the phrase in reference to their pimps.  A ‘sugar daddy’ is a rich older man who lavishes gifts on a young woman in return for her company or sexual favors.

It’s the time of the season
When love runs high
And this time, give it to me easy
And let me try with pleasured hands
To take you in the sun to (promised lands)
To show you every one
It’s the time of the season for loving
What’s your name?
Who’s your daddy?
(He rich) Is he rich like me?
Has he taken, any time (any time)
(To show) to show you what you need to live
Tell it to me slowly (tell me what)
I really want to know
It’s the time of the season for loving
What’s your name?
Who’s your daddy?
(He rich) Is he rich like me?
Has he taken, any time (any time)
(To show) to show you what you need to live
Tell it to me slowly (tell me what)
I really want to know
It’s the time of the season for loving

Written for Linda G Hill’s October 20, 2017 Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is season.

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