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.
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. 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.
- Jim Seals: lead & background vocals, saxophone, acoustic guitar
- Dash Crofts: lead & background vocals, electric guitar
- Larry Knechtel: piano
- Jim Gordon: drums
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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
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.
George Benson] & Al Jarreau (collaboration)
- 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
- Main Ingredient
- Jed Madela, 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
- Cover by Aphrodite – Drum & Bass Version – Summer Breeze
- Sampled by The Whitlams – "I Make Hamburgers"
- Remade/sampled by Jody Breeze – "So Fly" (feat. Claudette Ortiz)
- Petty Booka
- J.K. Specific sampled for "summer vacation"
- The CompanY, Destination: Bossa
- Blank & Jones, Relax - Edition Three
- Jason Mraz, 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", sang by Vivian Green
- Bob Baldwin, Cool Breeze (1997) and Lookin' Back (2009)
- Wayman Tisdale, Way Up! (2006)
- Till Brönner, on At the End of the Day (October 2010)
- Claude François sung the French cover of that song under the title "De la peine, pas de chagrin".
- Bluegrass version by Dale Ann Bradley, on Somewhere South of Crazy (2011)
- Type O Negative on Bloody Kisses (1993)
- Ray Conniff, I Can See Clearly Now with The Singers (1972)
- Indie rock group Maps & Atlases, for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover: Summer Break series (July 2011