“Theme From A Summer Place” Performed By Percy Faith (1960)

April 27, 2014

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.

number1Not 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.

grammy-gold-iconAs 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.”

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1 beltwaybob April 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

I was a teen when this hit big and I remember listening every week to the top 40 hoping that it would stop being #1. I have lots of respect for Percy Faith and his many accomplishments, and have the song a few times in my music collection, but once a year is plenty. Today’s visit may count as that once for 2014. But thanks for including this classic.


2 SonDan April 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

LOL. Yes the song was on the charts for quite some time Bob. Sometimes too much of a good thing is not good at all. That’s how I feel about “Don’t Worry, Be Happy:” and “You Light Up My Life” — they were both great songs, but they were played so much I grew to dislike the sound of them.

Thanks for checking in Bob. Have a great week.


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