Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & Adult Contemporary (#4); 1972
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Even though it didn’t peak until Thanksgiving time, Summer Breeze was one of those perfect warm weather anthems that surfaced every year in those days. For Seals & Crofts, it was also a welcome oasis after years spent in the cold wilderness of no hit land. Before then, the two had toured and recorded with the Champs during that band’s post-Tequila days when it never recaptured the heights of 1958 again. Then, they’d played together in the non-charting Dawnbreakers, before striking out on their own as a duo. As Seals & Crofts they soldiered on through three years and three albums with little to show for their efforts. Then came Summer Breeze which rode the late warm-weather airplay thermals to #6. It did so again in the spring of 1974 courtesy of the Isley Brothers, who took it to #10 R&B. Coincidentally, Seals & Crofts’ Summer Breeze shared the fall/winter chart with another summer classic-to-be: America’s Ventura Highway .
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- Louie Shelton
Lyrics Written by:
- Jim Seals
- Dash Crofts