And the number one instrumental single of the rock and roll era is – drum roll please – “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith.
Percy Faith was one of the originators of the easy listening sound. He took big band music and substituted strings for the brass. It was not rock and roll but he sold a lot of albums during his career. Oddly the song he is remembered for is a single.
It was the theme song for the movie, A SUMMER PLACE starring Dorothy McGuire, Richard Egan, and teen heart throbs Sandra Dee and Troy Donohue. While the movie has faded into obscurity, the song remains very recognizable.
“Theme From A Summer Place” was released in September of 1959 but it was not until January 11, 1960 that it finally reached the BILLBOARD Hot 100. Six week later it was number one beginning a nine week run as the number one song in the United States. It remains one of the defining songs of the pre-Beatles rock and roll era.