Billboard #1 Hits: #27:’ Theme from “A Summer Place”- Percy Faith. February 22, 1960- 9 weeks. Released on Columbia Records. Written by Mack Dicant and Max Steiner. Genre: Easy Listening. Time: 2:25. B-side:”Go-Go-Po-Go.” Grade: A-
“Theme From “A Summer Place” held the #1 spot for 9 straight weeks from late February until late April 1960. It is an instrumental and by far the most popular version of the song from the movie “A Summer Place.” It was released in November 1959 but didn’t reach the charts until January 1960. No other instrumental has spent this long at the #1 spot in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and its 9 weeks at the top was not beaten until 1977 when Debby Boone took “You Light Up My Life” 10 weeks at #1. The Percy Faith version of “A Summer Place” peaked at #2 in the UK. It also won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1961. The song has been covered by numerous artists and has been featured in at least a couple dozen movies. One of those tunes I can easily identify within 2 seconds.