Summer Breeze (song)

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"Summer Breeze"
Summer breeze by seals & crofts (US vinyl, side A).png
One of side-A labels of the US single
Single by Seals and Crofts
from the album Summer Breeze
B-side"East of Ginger Trees"
ReleasedAugust 31, 1972
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length3:25
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)Jim Seals, Dash Crofts
Producer(s)Louie Shelton
Seals and Crofts singles chronology
"When I Meet Them"
(1971)
"Summer Breeze"
(1972)
"Hummingbird"
(1973)
Official audio
Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze" (Official Audio) on YouTube

"Summer Breeze" is a song written and originally recorded by American soft rock duo 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".[2] The song also became a hit for The Isley Brothers in 1974.

Original Seals and Crofts version[edit]

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".[3]

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

Harvey Brooks played bass on this recording.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Isley Brothers version[edit]

"Summer Breeze"
Summer breeze part 1 by isley brothers US single.png
Side A of the US single
Single by The Isley Brothers
from the album 3 + 3
A-side"Summer Breeze (Part 1)"
B-side"Summer Breeze (Part 2)"
ReleasedMarch 1974 (1974)
GenreSoul
Length6:12
LabelT-Neck
Songwriter(s)
  • Jim Seals
  • Dash Crofts
Official audio
"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 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).[12]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Canada Singles (RPM)[14] 84
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[15] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 60
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles[17] 10

Ray Conniff version[edit]

The Ray Conniff Singers recorded a version in 1973, which appeared on the I Can See Clearly Now (aka Clair) album, and was released in the UK as a 45 on the CBS label (S CBS 1196) in January 1973.

Geoffrey Williams version[edit]

The version recorded by English singer Geoffrey Williams was released in 1992 as a single. It peaked at number 56 on the week ending August 16, 1992, on the UK Singles Chart.[18] It also peaked at number 32 on the week ending November 22, 1992, on New Zealand's Official Top 40 Singles chart.[19][20]

Type O Negative version[edit]

"Summer Breeze"
Single by Type O Negative
from the album Bloody Kisses
Released1995[21]
Recorded1993
StudioSystems Two, Brooklyn
GenreGothic metal
Length4:49
LabelRoadrunner Records
Songwriter(s)
  • Jim Seals
  • Dash Crofts
Producer(s)Peter Steele
Josh Silver[22]
Type O Negative singles chronology
"Christian Woman"
(1993)
"Summer Breeze"
(1995)
"My Girlfriend's Girlfriend"
(1996)

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.[23] 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.[24]

The song is featured in the opening of the 1997 horror hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Tracklist[edit]

All songs written by Peter Steele unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Summer Breeze" (New Version)Seals and Crofts4:32
2."Summer Breeze" (Full Length New Version)Seals and Crofts8:19
3."Blood & Fire" (New Version) 4:35
4."Christian Woman" (edit) 4:26

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". Stereogum. SpinMedia. May 31, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Best Summer Songs of All Time – Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. March 6, 2019. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  3. ^ Bruce Eder. "Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Stories Behind the Songs: Harvey Brooks". April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 267. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - December 9, 1972" (PDF).
  7. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ "Top 100 1972-12-02". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  10. ^ Adult Contemporary Archive, September 18, 2004
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  12. ^ "MC Hammer and Oakland Fight Club create a new Raiders Anthem - Field of Teams". Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - April 27, 1974" (PDF).
  15. ^ "officialcharts.com". officialcharts.com. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 412.
  17. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 278.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 75 (16 August 1992 – 22 August 1992)". Official Charts. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  19. ^ "Geoffrey Williams – Summer Breeze (song)". charts.org.nz. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  20. ^ "Official Top 40 Singles (22 November 1992)". The Official NZ Music Charts. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  21. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY". Type O Negative. 2000. Archived from the original on July 11, 2000. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (August 17, 2018). "Why Type O Negative's 'Bloody Kisses' "Sounds Like Nothing Before and Nothing After"". Revolver. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  23. ^ Huey, Steve. "Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  24. ^ Kennelty, Greg (August 29, 2016). "Type O Negative's 1993 Demos For Bloody Kisses Have Surfaced". Metal Injection. Retrieved March 21, 2017.