The very first single in 1970 went to No. 1 and was the classic In The Summertime which was written by Ray himself. A song that took ten minutes to write and sold over thirty million singles worldwide.
Another No. 1 followed in 1971 with Baby Jump again written by Ray. Mungo Jerry recorded this at Pye, originally in a 16-track studio, but the band weren't happy with the sound and they re-recorded it at the 8-track studio where they had cut "In The Summertime." Click here to see the charts the week BABY JUMP was in the charts.
single although a sucess was a bit of a shock, but the follow up was more of a pop song. Again tyhis hit was in 1971 and called Lady Rose a No. 5 UK hit. This was followed by a No. 13 hit You Dont Have To Be In A Army To Fight In The A War.
1972 Mungo Jerry had a top thirty hit with Open Up but
the bigger hit was the No. 3 hit called Alright, Alright, Alright and was written by Jacques Dutronc, Jaques Lanzman and Joe Strange and was an adaptation of a French song called Et Moi, Et Moi.
The follow up was a small hit that year called Wild Love
. The last single in the 1970s was Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black. Ray wrote a song for Elvis too. But Elvis died before it was recorded.