Summer Breeze

Album: Summer Breeze (1972)
Charted: 6
  • Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were from Texas. They belonged to the group The Champs in the late '50s and early '60s (The Champs had a hit "Tequila" in 1958). When the group dissolved in 1965, they worked with several other artists including Gene Vincent. In 1969 they released their first album as a duo. "Summer Breeze" was the first hit single, appearing on their fourth album in fall 1972.
  • "Blowing through the jasmine in my mind"? Long before it was a Disney princess, jasmine was a kind of flower that blooms in the summer. Also good for tea, Seals & Crofts use it to bring about feelings of contentment and harmony in this song, which is a feel-good classic about enjoying some simple pleasures in life with the ones you love. Jim Seals explained in 1972: "We operate on a different level, we try to create images, impressions and trains of thought in the minds of our listeners."
  • Seals & Crofts were devoted to the Baha'i faith, and believed that by writing about life itself, many meanings would emerge for the listener. In 1975, Seals told Melody Maker that "Summer Breeze" was "A very simple song about a man coming home from work and hearing the dog barking and things like that, and to a lot of people the song's about looking for security. Our meaning goes further than that, for a prison can be the prison of self and a person can become insecure and paranoid if he doesn't have a direction in his personal life."
  • Jim Seals is the brother of Dan Seals, who was "England Dan" in the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. They had several hit songs in the '70s. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charles - Charlotte, NC
  • In 1974 a cover by the Isley Brothers, featuring much more prominent electric guitar courtesy of Ernie Isley, peaked at #16 in the UK. Some of the other artists to cover it include The Main Ingredient and Jason Mraz.
  • This song was covered by Type O Negative for the soundtrack to the 1997 movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charlie - Las Vegas, NV
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments: 30

  • Chris from Stamford CtAge 10, summer of 72, not a care in the world. This song always beams me right back!
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.A perrennial feel-good summer song...especially soothing to listen to and sing along with while driving home after a long day’s work...
  • Johnnyzhivago from Holmby Hills, CaThis song comforts me with its images of sweet, secure domesticity and its expression of finding great beauty and depth of meaning in the mundane moments of everyday life. As a divorced father of a small son, the line, "feel the arms that reach out to hold me in the evening when the day is through..." Touches me deeply as it reminds me of the sweet embrace of my child on days we spent together. Now that my son is a grown young man, our embrace upon meeting is just as warm. Of course I know the actual lyrics are about a man coming home from work to his wife, but lyrics are subjective and touch everyone differently. Thank you Seals and Croft. You have made my journey sweeter.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenJasmine has always been one of my favorite scents.
  • Eric Reed from Huntsville AlThis song appears in the movie "Dazed and Confused".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 24th 1972, Seals and Crofts performed "Summer Breeze" on the debut episode of the Don Kirsher production of 'In Concert' on the ABC-TV network...
    At the time "Summer Breeze" was in its first of two weeks at #6* on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and that was also its peak position on the chart; it had entered the Top 100 on Sept. 9th and it stayed on the chart for 18 weeks...
    The concert was actually taped on September 21st at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY; also on the bill was Alice Cooper, his "Elected" was at #33 on the Top 100 at the time of the ‘In Concert’ broadcast...
    * Seals & Croft had two other Top 10 records, "Diamond Girl" and "Get Closer", and both those songs also peaked at #6 on the Top 100.
  • Kimberly from Landing, NjMinds and minds alone are the subjects of our reality. they end up blooming thru mind n soul. if granted. ty
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, Mithis song reminds me of my dad coming home from his old work,when I was a child,in a tie,and a briefcase.
  • Mac from San Jose, CaLove the original, but, Type O Negative's version will always be tops for me. Guess it's the metal head in me. R.I.P. Peter Steele
  • Dane from Lima,ohio, Fl"Sweet days of summer,the jasmine's in bloom...July is dressed up,& playing her tune..."It's a song I've always loved.I love the words,the melody & the harmonies.
  • Tina from Indianapolis, InRay....Are you kiddin me? Diamond Girl,We May Never Pass This Way Again,I'll Play For You and the slammin Get Closer are just 4 songs from this electrifying duo. One hit wonders,I don't think so! Not that there's anything wrong with being one. Bless Alan O'Day who gave us Undercover Angel
  • Jesse from Madison, WiThose of you who don't yet know me, you will soon see I spend lots of time breaking down the production of music, especially trying to pick out things like carefully placed instruments like toy pianos and synthesizers. This song may (MAY!) display the use of a synthesizer every time "Summer Breeze" is sung out. Sounds to me very much like a minimoog tuned slightly out to give that wide sound, a very slight dissonance. I could be wrong, but so many people discredit synthesizers as "cheater" instruments that only mock other "real" instruments - when in fact they appeared on HUNDREDS of hits in the '70s. Strangely enough, it's the use of synths that make so many people hate the "synth-pop" of the '80s and the "techno" of the '90s. But in the '70s, synthesizers appeared on hundreds of hit songs. Producers just used them more sparsely and tastefully, and carefully placed them in the mix so they didn't jump out and kick you in the knees. Now the toy piano, I guess I never knew that! But now that I listen to it, that IS a toy piano! Such great music, and for the right reasons. VERY well produced! Not just hyped.
  • Elsa from Los Angeles, CaI'm sorry, but I'm partial to the Isley Bros. version. It's the ghetto in me. :)
  • Kelly from Pretoria, South AfricaThe Main Ingredient performed this song on their album "Euphrates River". In my opinion the best version I have heard of this song.
  • Demetri from Belgrade, --Cool song
  • Joel from Austin, TxType O Negative sang this song on a movie soundtrack. The movie, I think, was a horror movie.
  • Landon from Winchester, OhSuch a carefree ballad! I love the chorus!
  • Ron from Auburndale, FlRay from Stockton, Seals and Crofts were NOT one hit wonders!!! Hummingbird, Diamond Girl, Get Closer, You're the Love, I'll Play for you, and We may never pass this way again were all substantial hits!!!
  • Chris from Chicago, IlThis song has such a nice feeling to it.Its one of my favorites!
  • Joe from Maysville, KyI was 11 when this song came out.There was a lot of tension in the mid-east and Tel Aviv was in the news a lot,so I thought the lyric said "Tel Aviv makes me feel fine" instead of "Summer Breeze makes me feel fine".
  • Farrah from Elon, NcI adore the remix version, as well as the original.
    Another Song I like was "Get Closer.
  • Matt from Boston, MaThere is also a very good version by Jason Mraz.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaone hit wonders !!! i don't think so , Summer Breeze , I'll Play for You, Diamond Girl,
  • Ray from Stockton, Njthis song is so great. it never gets enough radio play at all. people tell me that it doesnt get played that much because the artists were one-hit wonders. I really don't care if their one-hit wonders because this song is awesome. I've heard on the radio one-hit wonders that are terrible.
  • Carrie from Austin, TxInteresting fact about Dash. He has a twin sister named Dorothy but we call her......you guessed it, Dot.
  • Scott from Canton, Oh"Ill play for you" is an exellent tune.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiahad some great harmonies these guys , another great song they had was "I'll play for you"
  • Jim from Louisville, KyI really like the mix of this song on the album "What Is Hip?: Remix Project, Vol. 1"
  • Kim from Dagenham, EnglandThe Isley Brothers also covered this song.
  • Pedantic Wit 02 from Madison, WiType O Negative had an interesting cover of this on their album Bloody Kisses. Worth a look...
see more comments

Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews

The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.

Which Restaurants Are Most Mentioned In Song Lyrics?Song Writing

Katy Perry mentions McDonald's, Beyoncé calls out Red Lobster, and Supertramp shouts out Taco Bell - we found the 10 restaurants most often mentioned in songs.

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

Gene Simmons of KissSongwriter Interviews

The Kiss rocker covers a lot of ground in this interview, including why there are no Kiss collaborations, and why the Rock Hall has "become a sham."

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."