For the belated June song of the month it seems appropriate to choose Ice Cream Truck Songs. The weather is getting warmer. While that means sweaty days are coming, it also means it’s ice cream truck time. Growing up in a Tennessee suburb, the trucks came on an irregular basis – sometimes once a week, sometimes every few days – maybe it was meant to keep up our anticipation? We were lucky in that the subdivision was a big loop so when the ice cream truck drove by, in 15 minutes there’d be another shot. My favorite was always the rocket one since it was three flavors (red=cherry, white=lemon and blue=blue raspberry). It was more Italian Ice tasting than ice cream though. The other go to was the chipwich (still a favorite today). Honorable mention: Strawberry Shortcake. What were your favorites?
I honestly don’t remember which song the truck played but it always felt whimsical and old timey. Several of the more popular songs played by trucks today were recorded 50+ years ago. Here are two very common ice cream truck songs:
Mister Softee was “originally written for an ad agency by Les Waas in 1960.” The first version featured lyrics but later was turned instrumental and limited to 20 seconds.
Mr. Softee with Lyrics
Mr. Softee without Lyrics
The Hello Ice Cream Truck
I always loved this ice cream truck jingle because it ends with a very wacky “hello!?”