Summer Breeze (song)

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"Summer Breeze"
Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts.jpg
Single by Seals and Crofts
from the album Summer Breeze
B-side "East of Ginger Trees"
Released August 1972
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 3:25
Label Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s) Jim Seals, Dash Crofts
Producer(s) Louie Shelton
Seals and Crofts singles chronology
"Summer Breeze"

"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, George Benson/Al Jarreau and many other artists. Seals and Crofts' original version, released in 1972, 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]

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".[3]

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

Chart performance[edit]

Isley Brothers version[edit]

"Summer Breeze"
Single by The Isley Brothers
from the album 3 + 3
A-side "Summer Breeze (Part 1)"
B-side "Summer Breeze (Part 2)"
Released March 1974 (1974)
Genre Soul
Length 6:12
  • 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 also featured in a 2014 episode of Scandal and is sampled in the track "All In My Mind" released by MC Hammer along with his newly formed rap group called Oakland Fight Club featuring Mistah F.A.B. (2014).[8]


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. Another version appeared on Bloody Kisses "Top Shelf" edition (2009 re-release) which was mixed by American record producer Rick Rubin.


  1. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". Stereogum. SpinMedia. May 31, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Dolan, Jon; Joe Gross (July 1, 2013). "Best Summer Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bruce Eder. "Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  4. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  8. ^ "MC Hammer and Oakland Fight Club create a new Raiders Anthem - Field of Teams". Retrieved April 16, 2016.