Percy Faith

Biography

Born: April 7, 1908; Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Died: February 9, 1976; Los Angeles, CA  
Percy Faith was one of the most popular easy listening recording artists of the '50s and '60s. Not only did he have a number of hit albums and singles under his own name, but Faith was responsible for arranging hits by Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, and Burl Ives, among others, as the musical director for Columbia Records in the '50s.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Faith was a child piano prodigy, giving his first recital at
Read more Massey Hall at the age of 15 and playing various movie theaters, providing the soundtrack to silent films. His career as a concert pianist was cut short when he injured his hands in a fire when he was 18. Faith moved into arranging, beginning with local, hotel orchestras but quickly moving to radio. It was here where he developed his lush pop-instrumental style. For most of the '30s, he worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. At the end of the decade his radio show, Music by Faith, was also being aired within the United States.

Upset with CBC slashing the budget of his program, Faith moved to Chicago in 1940. Shortly afterward, he relocated to New York; by 1945, he had become an official U.S. citizen. Working for NBC in New York, he arranged and conducted for a number of shows and singers, including Coca-Cola's radio show and Buddy Clark. During the late '40s, he recorded for both Decca and RCA Victor.

Faith joined Columbia Records as musical director and a recording artist in 1950. While he arranged traditional pop songs, as well as show tunes, folk songs, and traditional pop songs for the label's vocalists, Faith became a pioneer of easy listening "mood music" with his own albums. In addition to popularizing the light, orchestrated pop, he was the first to record albums solely consisting of songs from Broadway shows; he also was one of the first mainstream composers/arrangers to experiment with Latin rhythms.

Faith had his first number one single, "Delicado," in 1952. In the mid-'50s, he began composing film scores, beginning with the Oscar-nominated collaboration with George Stoll, Love Me or Leave Me. But he scored his biggest hit of the 1960s with a piece of music written by another film composer. His late-1959 recording of Max Steiner's "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'" became a number one hit in 1960 and earned Faith his first Grammy. As rock & roll took over popular music in the early '60s and his work became more schlocky in format (easy listening arrangements of Beatles and pop/rock songs, etc.), the musical quotient remained high, thanks in large part to Faith's arranging skills and penchant for picking good material. Faith slowly withdrew from a professional career in the late '60s, but continued recording until just before his death in 1976. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Cub Koda Read less
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  • 1.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Composer Conducts, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5214 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Light And Latin
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5213 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Ary Barroso,  James Francis McHugh,  Zequinha de Abreu  ... 
    Conductor:  Werner Muller,  Percy Faith,  Paul Weston,  Carmen Dragon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 4
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5208 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  David Rose,  Lew Brown,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Abato,  Stan Freeman,  Richard Hayman
    Conductor:  David Rose,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Carl Chandler,  Harry Bluestone  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Non-stop To Nowhere
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5206 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerry Bock,  Florian Zabach,  Raymond Hubbell,  André Previn  ... 
    Performer:  Florian Zabach
    Conductor:  Alfred Newman,  Florian Zabach,  Philip Green,  Percy Faith  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rawicz & Landauer
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    The Golden Age of Light Music: Fiddles and Bows
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5201 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emile Deltour,  Dorothy Fields,  Cole Porter,  Steve Race  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Roger,  Robert Farnon,  Frederick Fennell,  Steve Race  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Cinema Classics
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5202 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Elmer Bernstein,  Miklós Rózsa,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Ronnie Aldrich,  Russ Conway
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Al Caiola,  Ken Jones,  Billy Vaughn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Dreamers
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melody Mixture
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5197 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dolf van der Linden,  Henry Mancini,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Conductor:  Ludo Philipp,  Frank Cordell,  Wal-Berg,  Wally Stott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Hartley Music
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A Glorious Century Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5200 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Vernon Duke,  Ron Goodwin,  Jule Styne  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Paul Mauriat,  Ron Goodwin,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Three Great American Light Orchestras
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5199 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Rudi Revil,  Percy Faith,  Xavier Cugat  ... 
    Performer:  Ray Turner
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  David Rose,  Paul Weston
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melodies For The Starlight Hours
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5196 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Katscher,  Jerome Kern,  Frederick Loewe,  Hubert Giraud  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Race,  Harry Pitch
    Conductor:  Laurie Johnson,  Buddy Bregman,  Percy Faith,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    Golden Age Of Light Music: Invitation To The Dance
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Alexandre Luigini,  William Blezard,  Jack Egan  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Renzi
    Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden,  Michael Freedman,  Cedric Dumont,  Harry Davidson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Nature's Realm
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5194 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Harold Arlen,  Peter Yorke,  Lothar Olias  ... 
    Performer:  The Wayfarers
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  Morton Gould,  Frank Chacksfield,  Ray Martin  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music: Strings Afire
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5191 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herman Clebanoff,  George Gershwin,  Herman Hupfeld,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Williams
    Conductor:  Herman Clebanoff,  Frederick Fennell,  Roger Williams,  Cyril Stapleton  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5193 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Jack Strachey,  George Forrest,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Jenkins
    Conductor:  Buddy Bregman,  Angela Morley,  David Rose,  Cyril Ornadel  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Stereo Into The Sixties
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5192 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Performer:  Russ Conway,  Neill Sanders
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Holidays For Strings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Richard Whiting / W. Fran,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leroy Anderson,  Jack Shaindlin,  Frederick Fennell,  David Carroll  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings,  Music of the Mountains
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5188 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Con Conrad,  Frederick Loewe,  Ray Henderson  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Laroque
    Conductor:  Hal Mooney,  Buddy Bregman,  Cyril Ornadel,  Morton Gould  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - A Second A-Z Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Graeme Stuart,  Toni Leutwiler,  J. George Johnson,  Cecil Milner  ... 
    Performer:  Mitch Miller
    Conductor:  Curt Andersen,  Percy Faith,  Harry Davidson,  Sidney Torch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regent Classic Orchestra,  Symphonia Orchestra,  New World Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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    The Lost Transcriptions - Vol. 2 / Percy Faith, Mantovani, Sidney Torch
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5181 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Cole Porter,  Louis Silvers,  Ray Noble  ... 
    Performer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Vincent Abato
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Sidney Torch
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Celebration
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5185 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Billy Vaughn,  Percy Faith,  George Melachrino,  Angela Morley  ... 
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    The  Golden Age Of Light Music: Portrait Of My Love
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5179 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Eric Coates,  Cole Porter,  Sammy Fain  ... 
    Performer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Victor Silvester,  Mantovani & His Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Robert Farnon,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - The Composer Conducts Vol 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5177 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Angela Morley,  Cedric Dumont  ... 
    Performer:  His Concert Orchestra,  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Telecast Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Angela Morley,  Cedric Dumont  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Confetti
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5175 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper,  Joseph Kuhn,  Robert Farnon,  Härtel  ... 
    Performer:  Mitch Miller,  Dolores Ventura
    Conductor:  Johnny Green,  Leslie Jones,  Hans-Georg Arlt,  Robert Farnon  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5174 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jerome Kern,  Edward B. Claypoole,  David Rose  ... 
    Performer:  Lou Whiteson
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  Percy Faith,  David Rose,  Dolf van der Linden  ... 
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  • 25.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Lightly Classical
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Holst,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Challet,  Angela Morley,  Sir William Walton,  Frank De Vol  ... 
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