Summer Breeze (song)
|Single by Seals and Crofts|
|from the album Summer Breeze|
|B-side||"East of Ginger Trees"|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
|Writer(s)||Jim Seals, Dash Crofts|
|Seals and Crofts singles chronology|
"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."
Original Seals and Crofts version
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". 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
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 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. 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 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.
The track is also featured in the 2015 comedy Vacation, as well as appears on the soundtrack.
- Jim Seals: lead & background vocals, saxophone, acoustic guitar
- Dash Crofts: lead & background vocals, electric guitar
- Larry Knechtel: piano
- Harvey Brooks: bass
- Jim Gordon: drums
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||6|
Isley Brothers version
|Single by The Isley Brothers|
|from the album 3 + 3|
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.
- Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr. and Rudolph Isley: lead and background vocals
- Ernie Isley: electric and acoustic guitar & percussion
- Marvin Isley: bass guitar and percussion
- Chris Jasper: piano, keyboards
- George Moreland: drums, percussion
Type O Negative version
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.
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- George Benson & Al Jarreau (collaboration)
- The Three Tenors during their 1996 farewell performance at the Coach and Horses Tavern in Windsor, Ontario
- Spiral featuring Lisa Lamb, later the vocalist with Peach Union
- Nicki Richards
- Jackie Mittoo
- Caesar Frazier recorded an instrumental cover of this song on his jazz album '75
- Shaw Blades (Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades), on their 2007 album Influence
- The Main Ingredient
- Jed Madela, on Only Human
- Ramsey Lewis, on his 1974 album Solar Wind
- Gabor Szabo, on his 1972 album Mizrab
- Stylus, on their 1975 album Where in the World
- Aphrodite, a drum and bass version
- Petty Booka
- The CompanY, on Destination: Bossa
- Blank & Jones, on Relax - Edition Three
- Jason Mraz, on Everwood: Original Television Soundtrack
- Peter Bjorn and John from the Indie Rocks! compilation
- Guru, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future on the track "Fine and Free", sung by Vivian Green
- Bob Baldwin, on Cool Breeze (1997) and Lookin' Back (2009)
- Wayman Tisdale, on Way Up! (2006)
- Till Brönner, on At the End of the Day (2010)
- Claude François sung a French cover of this song under the title "De la peine, pas de chagrin"
- Dale Ann Bradley, a bluegrass version on Somewhere South of Crazy (2011)
- Ray Conniff, on I Can See Clearly Now with The Singers (1972)
- Sawyer Fredericks and Pharrell Williams, The Voice (2015)
- Maps & Atlases, for The A.V. Club 's A.V. Undercover: Summer Break series (2011)
- Mexican singer Yuri recorded a cover version in Spanish language titled "Soy Feliz" ("I Am Happy"), and released it as the second single from her studio album Huellas in 1997.
- Sampled by The Whitlams – "I Make Hamburgers"
- Remade/sampled by Jody Breeze – "So Fly" (feat. Claudette Ortiz)
- Sampled by J.K. Specific - "Summer Vacation"
- Dolan, Jon; Joe Gross (July 1, 2013). "Best Summer Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- What Is Hip? Remix Project Volume One at discogs.com
- "Cool Breeze overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Lookin' Back overview". Allmusic.com.
- "In The Zone overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Tisdale, Whalum score onstage with hot jazz". Enquirer.com.
- "Maps & Atlases cover "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Croft at the Threadless warehouse". Retrieved April 3, 2013.