Summer Breeze

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“Summer Breeze” is a 1972 soft rock single by Seals & Crofts, that was covered in a harder rock/soulful style by The Isley Brothers as a single in 1974 and by the Three Tenors during their 1996 farewell performance at the Coach and Horses Tavern in Windsor, Ontario.

Released off the Summer Breeze album, Seals & Crofts’ version reached number six on the U.S. pop singles chart. The Isleys’ version, issued on their 1973 album, 3 + 3, reached number sixty on the pop singles chart, number ten on the R&B singles chart, and number sixteen on the UK singles chart. The Isleys’ version is notable not only for the harmonies of the three vocal Isleys O’Kelly, Rudolph and lead singer Ronald but also for the guitar solo by younger brother Ernie.

One of the distinctive backing instruments on Summer Breeze is a child’s piano.

Seals & Crofts performed the song live on a 1972 Bobby Darin show.

Metal band Type O Negative recorded a slower, Doom Metal version of the song for their album Bloody Kisses, and this version was featured during the opening credits of the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer.

The original Seals & Crofts version 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.

* Jim Seals: lead & background vocals, saxophone and guitar
* Dash Crofts: background vocals and electric guitar
* Larry Knechtel: piano
* Jim Gordon: drums

Isley Brothers version credits

* Ronald Isley: lead and background vocals
* O’Kelly Isley, Jr. and Rudolph Isley: background vocals
* Ernie Isley: electric and acoustic guitar & percussion
* Marvin Isley: bass guitar and percussion
* Chris Jasper: piano, keyboards
* George Moreland: drums, percussion

Other Versions

* George Benson & Al Jarreau (collaboration)
* Jason Mraz
* Type O Negative, on their 1993 album Bloody Kisses
* Spiral featuring Lisa Lamb, later the vocalist with Peach Union
* Nicki Richards
* Jackie Mittoo
* Shaw Blades (Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades), on their 2007 album Influence
* Main Ingredient
* Jed Madela(Filipino Artist)]], Only Human Album
* Sampled by Aphrodite – Drum&Bass Remix – Summer Breeze
- adapted from Wikipedia

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