Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith & His Orchestra

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. The song also topped the charts in Italy and reached #2 in the UK.The single was not an immediate hit and did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart until mid-January 1960, finally reaching #1 six weeks later on February 22, 1960. 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. Originally known as the “Molly and Johnny Theme“, the piece is not the main title theme of the film, but a secondary love theme for the characters played by Dee and Donahue. This was written by Austrian film composer Max Steiner, who also wrote the score for Casablanca. In the US, this was the top selling single of 1960. It won the 1960 Grammy for Record Of The Year, becoming the first movie theme to win the award. Faith was a composer who arranged songs for a variety of artists, including Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis. He recorded this with his orchestra. Faith’s version was not used in the movie. That version was performed by Hugo Winterbalter’s orchestra.