EA Flix: Currently Playing


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‘”Theme From a Summer Place” Percy Faith





~ by eaesthete on 06/21/09.

4 Responses to “EA Flix: Currently Playing”

  1. Theme from a Summer Place exudes summer. It was the music scored for the movie A Summer Place with Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee in 1959.

    So enthralling was this lushly composed piece, it spent nine consecutive weeks at number one on the still-young Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1960. It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of the chart. It reached number two in the UK. It hit number one in Italy under the title “Scandalo Al Sole”.

    Percy Faith won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961 for his recording. This was the first movie theme and the first instrumental to win a Record of the Year Grammy.

    While eye rolls are to be expected at the sight of these curious looking musicians sporting the dress and style of the times while playing what looks like prehistoric cave instruments, I suggest you close your eyes, settle back with your little umbrella drink and dream of uninhabited sandy-white beaches, lilting sea breezes and the soothing sounds of the surf.

  2. Excellent intro to summer! A classic.

  3. ..a fastfood place now using this wonderful piece of music as background music to one of their current ads. What a shame it would be if a child coming of age today would one day associate this song with a submarine sandwich. Percy would be rolling over in his grave!

    • Ruth,

      I’ve not heard that but I so share your sentiments of association. I completely agree that Percy would find it the height of vulgarity. So sad that this classic has been sullied.

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