Percy Faith‘s Theme From A Summer Place begins 9 weeks at US#1 … to this day the longest-running of those rare beasts, number-one instrumentals.
The film itself is long forgotten … but not teen idol Troy Donahue or ingenue Sandra Dee.
In 1973 Canadian singer, songwriter Terry Jacks covers McKuen with modified lyrics; the version released on his own Goldfish Records becomes a 1974 worldwide hit (#1 in US,CA,UK, etc.) In 1995 it’s a #1 for Irish boy band Westlife… one of the first six singles they release … all reaching UK#1.
The lyrics and overall sentiments remind me of Canadian singer Gale Garnett‘s 1964 hit We’ll Sing in the Sunshine … maybe it was something in the air.
US singer-songwriter Neko Case and Her Boyfriends release second, alternative country album Furnace Room Lullaby.
Rising to CA#27, it includes a song about her hometown, Tacoma, called Thrice Born American .
Case also works with Vancouver indie rock group The New Pornographers, which begins charting in the US top-40 in 2007 with 3-CD album Challengers. Myriad Harbour
And, finally in 2009, she enjoys a US,CA top-5 solo album with Middle Cyclone. A Lotta Nerve