Summer Breeze (song)
|Single by Seals and Crofts|
|from the album Summer Breeze|
|B-side||"East of Ginger Trees"|
|Released||August 31, 1972|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
|Songwriter(s)||Jim Seals, Dash Crofts|
|Seals and Crofts singles chronology|
|Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze" (Official Audio) on YouTube|
"Summer Breeze" is a song written and recorded by Seals and Crofts. Released in 1972, it reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. In 2013, it was ranked No. 13 in Rolling Stone′s "Best Summer Songs of All Time".
Original Seals and Crofts version
Released nine days ahead of 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".
Seals and Crofts performed the song live on the Bobby Darin Amusement Company variety show in 1972.
Harvey Brooks played bass on this recording.
Isley Brothers version
|Single by The Isley Brothers|
|from the album 3 + 3|
|A-side||"Summer Breeze (Part 1)"|
|B-side||"Summer Breeze (Part 2)"|
|"The Isley Brothers - Summer Breeze, Pts. 1 & 2 (Official Audio)" on YouTube|
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 chart, number ten on the R&B 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 "Summer Breeze" on the music TV show Soul Train in 1974. It was featured in season 8, episode 18 of The Blacklist and also in a 2014 episode of Scandal. It was sampled in the track "All in My Mind" by MC Hammer along with his newly formed rap group, Oakland Fight Club featuring Mistah F.A.B. (2014).
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
Type O Negative version
|Single by Type O Negative|
|from the album Bloody Kisses|
|Studio||Systems Two, Brooklyn|
|Type O Negative singles chronology|
Type O Negative released a cover of the song in August 1993 on their album Bloody Kisses altering their version to match their gothic metal style. Their version was originally to be titled "Summer Girl", featuring new lyrics written by Peter Steele, but after Seals & Crofts found the lyrical content distasteful, the original lyrics were sung instead.
All songs written by Peter Steele unless otherwise noted.
|1.||"Summer Breeze" (New Version)||Seals & Crofts||4:32|
|2.||"Summer Breeze" (Full Length New Version)||Seals & Crofts||8:19|
|3.||"Blood & Fire" (New Version)||4:35|
|4.||"Christian Woman" (edit)||4:26|
- Peter Steele – lead vocals, bass guitar
- Kenny Hickey – guitar, backing vocals
- Josh Silver – keyboards, backing vocals
- Sal Abruscato – drums, percussion
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