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Re: 1959 wasn't all Kingston Trio .....
Percy Faith's recording of Theme From A Summer Place
went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 2/22/60 and stayed for 9 weeks. That was the longest stay at #1 for an instrumental since Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
by Perez Prado in 1955 [10 weeks - the Billboard record]. No instrumental since "Summer Place" has lasted more than 5 weeks at #1.
It was composer Max Steiner's version, however, not Faith's, on the film soundtrack.