Summer won’t officially be over for another couple of weeks, but psychologically, it always ends on Labor Day Weekend, which makes today the perfect time to listen to Frank Sinatra’s definitive version of the bittersweet Heinz Meier/Johnny Mercer song, “Summer Wind,” as recorded for his 1966 album, Strangers in the Night.
Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” peaked at No. 25 on Billboard magazine’s pop chart in October of ’66, two slots behind The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and one ahead of Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1,000 Dances.”
Wayne Newton had released a single of “Summer Wind” a year previously, but it only rose to No. 78.
New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday last year. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are marking the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until Sept. 8, 2015.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.