Tune of the Week: Theme From A Summer Place

Calendar Summer doesn’t begin for a couple of weeks yet, but in the United States most people peg the start of summer to Memorial Day. The days have certainly been warm and are nearly as long as they get, so it seemed like a good time to get the Grip and Word Tune of the Week back on track with something summery…  Percy Faith’s highly recognizable version of  Theme From A Summer Place, originally composed by Mack Discant (lyrics) and Max Steiner (music.)

It’s one of those bits of pop culture ephemera people have heard their entire lives, but because it often shows up as background music or as a musical gag nobody remembers what it’s called anymore.  A relic from that strange period after big band music’s heyday but before rock & roll and motown took over the charts, Faith’s 1960 recording was an enormous hit at the time, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and staying there for nine weeks.