Musical coincidences # 71

January 30, 2011

Do you remember “Summer Breeze”, the 70’s AM soft-rock hit by Seals & Crofts which starts off with that tune played by a toy piano and something else*? You do? Excellent.

If you’ve forgotten that opening tune, or in the (extremely unlikely) event that you haven’t even heard it before, here’s a reminder:

Seals & Crofts – “Summer Breeze (1972) (the opening tune that everyone knows)


That was released in September 1972. (The date matters because of what’s coming up.)

Now, I reckon if you slow it down a little, change just a few notes around, you could have something that sounds like this:

The Hollies – “Touch” (1972) (opening tune)


Here’s where the date matters. That Hollies song appeared on their album Romany which was released three months later in November 1972. Yep, only three months.

By the way, you can hear the similarity to the “Summer Breeze” tune much more clearly in Carla Olson‘s version of “Touch”:

Carla Olson – “Touch” (1988) (the opening tune)


Full confession time: I noticed the similarity when I heard Carla Olson’s version of “Touch”, not the original by The Hollies. (I actually didn’t know about that Hollies song at all until I heard Carla’s version on the Hollies tribute album, Sing Hollies In Reverse).

Here the full versions:

Seals & Crofts – “Summer Breeze (1972)


The Hollies – “Touch” (1972)


Carla Olson – “Touch” (1988)


(*I don’t know what that something else is.)