The song was a U.S. number-one hit instrumental for Percy Faith in 1960 and was the best-selling single of the year. It reached No. 2 in the UK. Faith re-recorded the song twice; first in 1969 as a female choral version, then in 1976 as a disco version titled "Summer Place 76". Percy Faith's version was not the one in the movie, which was recorded by Hugo Winterhalter. The song was the title cut of Billy Vaughn's 1960 No. 1 LP. The song was well-accepted by R&B audiences of the day, reaching No. 2 in the Billboard R&B singles chart.