Summer Breeze (song)

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"Summer Breeze"
Single by Seals and Crofts
from the album Summer Breeze
B-side "East of Ginger Trees"
Released August 1972
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:25
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Jim Seals, Dash Crofts
Producer(s) Louie Shelton
Seals and Crofts singles chronology
"Summer Breeze"

"Summer Breeze" is a song written and recorded by Seals and Crofts that has been covered by The Isley Brothers, Type O Negative, the Three Tenors, and many other artists. Seals and Crofts' original version, released in 1972, reached No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US. In 2013, it was ranked No. 13 in Rolling Stone′s "Best Summer Songs of All Time."[1]

Original Seals and Crofts version[edit]

Released on their 1972 Summer Breeze album, Seals and Crofts' original version reached No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US that same year. Bruce Eder of Allmusic referred to it as "one of those relentlessly appealing 1970s harmony-rock anthems ... appropriately ubiquitous on the radio and in the memory".[2] One of the distinctive backing instruments on "Summer Breeze" is a child's toy piano.

Seals and Crofts performed the song live on the The Bobby Darin Amusement Company variety show in 1972.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the 1993 cult film, Dazed and Confused, and appeared on the second soundtrack to the film, 1994's Even More Dazed and Confused. It was also used in the 2007 film, King of California. The track is also featured in the 2015 comedy Vacation, as well as appears on the soundtrack.

The track was remixed by Philip Steir and Ramin Sakurai in 2004 as part of What Is Hip? Remix Project Volume One, an album featuring remixes of Warner Bros. Records 1970s hits.[3] This updated version, titled "Summer Breeze (Tsuper Tsunami Mix)," was also featured in two 2004 commercials by clothing retailer Gap, starring models Bridget Hall and Jessica Miller respectively.

"Summer Breeze" was featured on the 2011 season finale of CSI: Miami.

The track was also used in the 2007 animated TV special Shrek the Halls and the 2009 movie, Land of the Lost.

The track can be heard in The Return, an episode in the first season of the TV show Girls (TV series).

The track is also heard in the "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers" episode of Freaks and Geeks.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
Canadian RPM Top Singles 6

Isley Brothers version[edit]

"Summer Breeze"
Single by The Isley Brothers
from the album 3 + 3
Released 1974 (1974)
Genre Soul
  • Jim Seals
  • Dash Crofts

The song was covered in a harder rock/soulful style by The Isley Brothers as a single in 1974. Issued also on their 1973 album, 3 + 3, it reached number sixty on the pop singles chart, number ten on the R&B singles chart, and number sixteen on the UK singles chart. The Isleys' version is notable not only for the harmonies of the three vocal Isleys O'Kelly, Rudolph and lead singer Ronald but also for the guitar solo by younger brother Ernie.

The Isley Brothers performed it on a 1974 Soul Train show. It was featured in a 2014 episode of Scandal.


Type O Negative version[edit]

Gothic metal band Type O Negative recorded a slower, doom metal version of the song for their 1993 album Bloody Kisses, and this version was featured during the opening credits of the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Other versions[edit]



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