Released from the Summer Breeze album, Seals and Crofts' original version reached number six on the US pop singles chart. Bruce Eder of Allmusic referred to it as "one of those relentlessly appealing 1970s harmony-rock anthems," "appropriately ubiquitous on the radio and in the memory".[ One of the distinctive backing instruments on "Summer Breeze" is a child's toy piano. The single reached #6 pop, #4 easy listening on the U.S. Billboard charts in autumn 1972.