KT Tunstall covers Don Henley’s ‘Boys of Summer’

There are literally dozens of cover versions of this song, and very few of them come anywhere near the power of Don Henley’s original. The most successful attempts, in my view, are the ones that don’t try to imitate Henley (hello, The Ataris!), but try to do something recognizably different, something that doesn’t immediately recall that memorable original. I think this one by K.T. Tunstall is one of the best.

KT TUNSTALL – THE BOYS OF SUMMER from The Old Vinyl Factory Sessions on Vimeo.

Honorable mention to Show of Hands‘ version.


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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

2 thoughts on “KT Tunstall covers Don Henley’s ‘Boys of Summer’”

  1. I came across KT’s version completely by accident, while googling ‘Boys of Summer’ just to see how many versions there were. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t taken much notice of her before.

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