This song really takes me back to little six year old me going for as Sunday drive with her grandparents after church to see relatives while this song played on the AM radio. Little me also heard this a lot on her very first AM radio that I listened to at night under the covers when I was supposed to be asleep.
Not only was this record the longest running #1 instrumental of the Billboard Charts but the song was so popular that it even reached #2 on the R&B charts of the day.
“Theme From a Summer Place,” aka “Molly and Johnny Theme,” was composed by Max Steiner with lyrics by Mack Discant , for the 1959 movie “A Summer Place.” Little me also recalls watching this movie over and over again on Metromedia Channel 5 on lazy Sunday afternoons to study the actions of Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue so that I would know how to act when I became a teenager! (LOL) Well that *is* what I thought! So once again I heard the song over and over making it an integral part of my youth.
As the performer, Percy Faith won the 1960 Grammy for Record of the Year for his rendition of the tune.: this was both the first movie theme and the first instrumental tune to win in this category.
Many artists covered “Theme from a Summer Place.” Even Percy Faith himself covered the record twice. Here is his fabulous second cover version … the disco styled “Summer Place 76.”