Max Steiner: Theme from “A Summer Place” (1960)

May 15, 2007

I was incredulous when I learned that Max Steiner wrote the theme from ” A Summer Place.” He was in his 70s when he wrote it. The chord progression [I vi ii V] was the same one used in the majority of 1950s and early 60s rock songs so he had a built in audience. I remember listening to this song as my brother (Andy) and I fell asleep every night. (Some radio station in Oklahoma always played that song at our bedtime.) I know, I know: this is the kind of music that gave birth to Muzak. No matter, it has a special place, a summer place, in many of our memories. (Here, Percy Faith conducts a live performance.)

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