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“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.
Seals & Croft