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Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a Canadian bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor, known for his lush arrangements of pop and Christmas standards. He is often credited with popularizing the "easy listening" or "mood music" format. Faith became a staple of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. Though his professional orchestra-leading career began at the height of the swing era, Faith refined and rethought orchestration techniques, including use of large string sections, to soften and fill out the brass-dominated popular music of the 1940s.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Discography

2.1 Albums 2.2 Singles

3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Faith was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He was the oldest of eight children. His parents, Abraham Faith and Minnie, née Rottenberg, were Jewish. He played violin and piano as a child, and played in theatres and at Massey Hall. After his hands were badly burned in a fire, he turned to conducting, and his live orchestras used the new medium of radio broadcasting. Beginning with defunct stations CKNC and CKCL, Faith was a staple of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's live-music broadcasting from 1933 to 1940, when he resettled in Chicago. In the early 1940s, Faith was orchestra leader for the Carnation Contented program on NBC.[1] From 1948-1949 he also served as the orchestra leader on the CBS
CBS
radio network program The Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Hour (also called The Pause That Refreshes). The orchestral accordionist John Serry Sr.
John Serry Sr.
collaborated with Faith in these broadcasts.[2] In 1945, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He made many recordings for Voice of America. After working briefly for Decca Records, he worked for Mitch Miller
Mitch Miller
at Columbia Records, where he turned out dozens of albums and provided arrangements for many of the pop singers of the 1950s, including Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis for Mathis's 1958 Christmas album titled Merry Christmas, and Guy Mitchell for whom Faith wrote Mitchell's number-one single, "My Heart Cries for You". His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado" (1952), "The Song from Moulin Rouge" (1953) and "Theme from A Summer Place" (1960), which won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Record of the Year in 1961. Faith remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"); and he is one of only three artists, along with Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
and The Beatles, to have the best selling single of the year twice. The B-side of "Song from the Moulin Rouge" was "Swedish Rhapsody" by Hugo Alfvén. In 1961 his fame in Sweden would rise exponentially as his work Mucho Gusto would become the theme music for the sports broadcasts of Sveriges Radio. Though Faith initially mined the worlds of Broadway, Hollywood and Latin music for many of his top-selling 1950s recordings, he enjoyed popularity starting in 1962 with his orchestral versions of popular rock and pop hits of the day. His Themes for Young Lovers album was a top seller during this era and introduced the Faith sound to a younger generation of listeners. With the success of Columbia record-mate Ray Conniff's chorus and orchestra during this same time, Faith began using a chorus (usually all female in most of his recordings, but used a mixed chorus on his albums Leaving on a Jet Plane and I Think I Love You, which were released in 1970 and 1971 respectively) in several popular albums from the mid-1960s on. Faith's first single with a female chorus, "Yellow Days," was a substantial hit in the MOR (Middle of the Road) easy listening radio format of the mid-1960s. Faith continued to enjoy airplay and consistent album sales throughout the early 1970s, and received a second Grammy award in 1969 for his album Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'. Though best known for his recording career, Faith also occasionally scored motion pictures, and received an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of the song score for the Doris Day
Doris Day
musical feature, Love Me or Leave Me. His other film scores included romantic comedies and dramatic features such as Tammy Tell Me True
Tammy Tell Me True
(1961), I'd Rather Be Rich (1964), The Third Day (1965) and The Oscar (1966). Faith also composed the popular theme for the long running NBC
NBC
series The Virginian. With the advent of harder rock sounds in the 1970s, Faith's elegant arrangements fell out of favour with the listening and record-buying public, although he continued to release albums as diverse and contemporary as Jesus Christ Superstar and Black Magic Woman. He released one album of country music and two albums of disco-oriented arrangements toward the end of his forty-year career, his very last recording being a disco-style reworking of "Theme from a Summer Place", titled "Summer Place '76", which was a minor and posthumous hit. Faith died of cancer in Encino, California, and was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
in Culver City, California. His wife, Mary (Palange) Faith, was born November 24, 1909, and died November 27, 1997, in Los Angeles. They married in 1928 and had 2 children, Marilyn and Peter. Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Continental Music (1953) Delicado (1953) Music from "Kismet" (1954) Music from Hollywood (1954) Music of Christmas (1954) Music Until Midnight (1954) Percy Faith
Percy Faith
Plays Romantic Music (1954) Amour, Amor, Amore (1955) Girl Meets Boy (with Jerry Vale, Peggy King, and Felicia Sanders) (1955) Music for Her (1955) Wish Upon a Star (with Peggy King) (1955) It's So Peaceful in the Country (with Mitch Miller) (1956) The Most Happy Fella (1956) My Fair Lady (1956) Passport to Romance (1956) Swing Low in Hi-Fi (1956) Adventure in the Sun (1957) The Columbia Album of George Gershwin
George Gershwin
(1957) Li'l Abner (1957) Viva: The Music of Mexico (1957) The CBS
CBS
Album of Victor Herbert
Victor Herbert
(2 record set, 1958) Hallelujah! (1958) South Pacific (1958) Touchdown! (1958) North and South of the Border (1958) Bouquet (1959) Malagueña: Music of Cuba (1959) A Night with Sigmund Romberg
Sigmund Romberg
(1959) Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess
(1959) Music of Christmas (re-recorded in stereo, 1959) Bon Voyage!: Continental Souvenirs (1960) Jealousy (1960) A Night with Jerome Kern
Jerome Kern
(1960) Greatest Hits (1960) The Sound of Music (1960) Camelot (1961) Carefree (1961) Mucho Gusto! More Music of Mexico (1961) Subways Are for Sleeping (1961) Tara's Theme from Gone With The Wind (1961) This Fling Called Love (with Eileen Farrell) (1961) Bouquet of Love (1962) Exotic Strings (1962) Hollywood's Great Themes (1962) The Music of Brazil! (1962) American Serenade (1963) A Look at Monaco (1963) Shangri-La! (1963) Themes for Young Lovers (1963) Great Folk Themes (1964) The Love Goddesses (1964) More Themes for Young Lovers (1964) Broadway Bouquet (1965) Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) Latin Themes for Young Lovers (1965) Bim! Bam!! Boom!!! (1966) Christmas Is... (1966) The Oscar (1966) Themes for the "In" Crowd (1966) Born Free and Other Great Movie Themes (1967) Today's Themes for Young Lovers (1967) Angel of the Morning (1968) For Those in Love (1968) I Concentrate On You (1968) Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet" (1969) Those Were the Days (1969) Windmills of Your Mind (1969) The Beatles
The Beatles
Album (1970) Held Over! Today's Great Movie Themes (1970) Leaving on a Jet Plane (1970) Younger Than Springtime (1970) Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (1971) Black Magic Woman (1971) I Think I Love You (1971) Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) Day By Day (1972) Joy (1972) All-Time Greatest Hits (1972) Clair (1973) Corazon (1973) My Love (1973) The Entertainer (1974) (withdrawn/reissued) Chinatown Featuring the Entertainer (1974) Clair (1974) Country Bouquet (1974) The Great Concert (1974) New Thing (1974) Disco Party (1975) Viva!/Mucho Gusto! (1975) Summer Place '76 (1976)

Singles[edit] Faith produced the following singles:[3][4]

I Cross My Fingers Vocal: Russ Emery US #20, 1950 All My Love (US #7, 1950) Christmas in Killarney Vocals: Shillelagh Singers US #28 – December 1950 On Top of Old Smokey Vocals: Burl Ives
Burl Ives
US #10, 1951 When the Saints Go Marching In
When the Saints Go Marching In
/ (US #29 – September 1951) I Want to Be Near You
Near You
(US #30 – September 1951) Delicado (US #1, 1952) Swedish Rhapsody (Midsummer Vigil) / (US #21, 1953) Moulin Rouge Theme Vocals: Felicia Sanders US #1, 1953 Return to Paradise (US #19 – June 1953) Many Times (US #30 – December 1953) Dream, Dream, Dream (US #25 – May 1954) The Bandit (US #25 – October 1954) Valley Valparaiso (US #53, 1956) We All Need Love (US #67, 1956) With a Little Bit of Luck
With a Little Bit of Luck
(US #82, 1956) Till (US #63, 1957) Theme from A Summer Place (US #1, 1960) Theme for Young Lovers (US #35, 1960) Sons and Lovers (US #111 – September 1963) Theme from "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (US #101 – November 1960) The Sound of Surf (US #111 – September 1963) Yellow Days (AC #13, 1967) Can't Take My Eyes Off You (AC #24, 1967) For Those in Love (1968) Zorba (AC #36, 1969) Theme from A Summer Place (instrumental) US #111 – July 1969 – AC #26, 1969 The April Fools (1969) Airport Love Theme (1970) Everything's All Right (AC #31 – February 1971) Theme from Summer of '42 (1971) Bach's Lunch (1972) Crunchy Granola Suite
Crunchy Granola Suite
(AC #16, 1973) Hill Where the Lord Hides (AC #44, 1974) Theme from "Chinatown" (AC #35, 1974) Summer Place '76 (AC #13, 1976)

References[edit]

^ "Say Hello to ...". Radio and Television Mirror. 15 (4): 39. February 1941.  ^ Sold on Radio-Advertisers in the Golden Age of Broadcasting Cox, Jim. McFarland & Co., North Carolina, USA & London, UK, 2008, P. 119. ISBN 978-0-7864-3391-9 ^ Whitburn, Joel, ed. (2007). Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs (1961–2006). Record Research. ISBN 9780898201697.  ^ Whitburn, Joel, ed. (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop memories, 1890–1954. Record Research. ISBN 9780898200836. 

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Grammy Award
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for Record of the Year

1959−1980

"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)

1981−2000

"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)

2001−present

"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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Billboard Year-End number one singles (1946–1959)

1946: "Prisoner of Love" – Perry Como 1947: "Near You" – Francis Craig 1948: "Twelfth Street Rag" – Pee Wee Hunt 1949: "Riders in the Sky" – Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn Monroe
Orchestra 1950: "Goodnight, Irene" – Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers 1951: "Too Young" – Nat King Cole 1952: "Blue Tango" – Leroy Anderson 1953: "The Song from Moulin Rouge" – Percy Faith 1954: "Little Things Mean a Lot" – Kitty Kallen 1955: "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" – Pérez Prado 1956: "Heartbreak Hotel" – Elvis Presley 1957: "All Shook Up" – Elvis Presley 1958: "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" – Domenico Modugno 1959: "The Battle of New Orleans" – Johnny Horton

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Billboard Year-End number one singles (1960–1979)

1960: "Theme from A Summer Place" – Percy Faith 1961: "Tossin' and Turnin'" – Bobby Lewis 1962: "Stranger on the Shore" – Mr. Acker Bilk 1963: "Sugar Shack" – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles 1965: "Wooly Bully" – Sam the Sham
Sam the Sham
& the Pharaohs 1966: "Ballad of the Green Berets" – S/Sgt. Barry Sadler 1967: "To Sir, with Love" – Lulu 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies 1970: "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Simon & Garfunkel 1971: "Joy to the World" – Three Dog Night 1972: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "The Way We Were" – Barbra Streisand 1975: "Love Will Keep Us Together" – Captain & Tennille 1976: "Silly Love Songs" – Wings 1977: "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" – Rod Stewart 1978: "Shadow Dancing" – Andy Gibb 1979: "My Sharona" – The Knack

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