Theme From a Summer Place – Percy Faith

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………..on February 22nd of 1960 “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith began its nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of the chart and brought Faith a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. It was the top selling single of 1960 in the US. The song also topped the charts in Italy and reached #2 in the UK. This instrumental song that indicates summer romance was part of the score for the 1959 movie A Summer Place, which stared Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee and was set on an island in Maine. This was written by Austrian film composer Max Steiner, who also wrote the score for Casablanca. Faith was a composer who arranged songs for a variety of artists, including Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis. He recorded this with his orchestra. Ironically Faith’s version was not used in the movie. That version was performed by Hugo Winterbalter’s orchestra.