Connie Francis is looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation that includes hitting the beach and going to drive-in movies with her beau. Francis wrote the tune with Gary Weston and Hank Hunter. "When 'V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n' was brought to me, they only had 'V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n in the summer sun,'" Francis explained to DISCoveries Magazine. "That's all they wrote. I wrote the rest of the words and didn't even take credit for it."
Hunter also co-wrote the hits "Second Hand Love," "I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter" and "Drownin' My Sorrows" for Francis.
MGM Records thought "The Greatest Sin of All" would be the bigger hit and nearly cast "Vacation" as the B-side until the latter proved to be more radio friendly.
Japanese entertainer Alisa Mizuki recorded a Japanese-language version in 2002 for the film Nurse no Oshigoto: The Movie.
The Go-Go's performed this as a lead-in to their own, unrelated "Vacation" song on their 1982 world tour.
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.