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Summer Breeze (song)

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"Summer Breeze" is the title of a song written and recorded by Seals and Crofts that has been covered by The Isley Brothers, the Three Tenors, and several other artists.

Seals and Crofts version [edit]Edit

Released from the Summer Breeze album, Seals and Crofts' original version reached number six on the US pop singles chart. 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'stoy piano. The single reached #6 pop, #4 easy listening on the U.S. Billboard charts in autumn 1972.

Seals and Crofts performed the song live on a 1972 Bobby Darin show.

In popular culture [edit]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, starring Evan Rachel Woodand Michael Douglas.

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.[2] 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 of the first season of the TV show Girls (TV series).

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Chart performance [edit]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]Edit

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'KellyRudolph and lead singer Ronald but also for the guitar solo by younger brother Ernie.

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Type O Negative version [edit]Edit

Gothic-metal band Type O Negative recorded a slower, doom metal version of the song for their 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]Edit

George Benson] & Al Jarreau (collaboration)

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