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Percy Faith

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 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 on Canadian Broadcast 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, Rovi
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LOST IN TIME... Beautiful... Music!
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Very beautiful
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papabeargrh
I'm very frustrated because I've been trying set up a station with just Burlesque music and Pandora is including so many non Burlesque stations that I'm forced to listen to them before I can delete them from the station. What can I do?
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mbgo7581
Just beautiful music
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One of my all time favorites!
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Beautiful music! I remember my Dad lovingFloyd Cramer and playing his album very often!
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I've loved this song since I was a little girl.... Just beautiful !!!!
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i LOVE SUMMERPLACE. BEAUTIFUL!
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Me gusta mucho ests gran director
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mick.eller
wonderful!! wonderfull!!
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hansonpotter y
sitting on the roof of a 49 Oldsmobile at the drive in theatre listening to Theme from a Summer Place on the old original car radio the summer of 1960. Movie? Can't remember---n o t important
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What a dinner out - Percy Faith, Henry Mancini, Mantovani and me.I'll pick up the tab just to pick their brains. Any more to add to the dinner party?
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Theam from a summerplace is my favorit.
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After listening to my friends Rock, Rap and rubbish, what a nice respite.
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Takes me back to my teen years during the 50's and 60's, long ago and far away. Sigh.
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We listen to this to go to sleep. It is great, but I could do without the whistling Bridge Over the River Kwai theme, as well as the Bonanza theme and the Sousa march.
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Now this is music!
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hannahlehmku h l
Why are my favorites dropping off the list?
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First heard it when it was on the charts back in the 60's and the Movie came out - I have never tired of it since - wonderful
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getasap
Beautiful music like this is the language of the universe.
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Percy Faith such a great Musician I love his music so soothing. My favorite is The Theme From A Summer Place So peaceful. Chuck
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clover_roger s
Had no idea th Hang 'Em High theme was Booker T. and The M.G.s. Loved the spaghetti Westerns and their themes.
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Music is our heaven on earth.
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paulhonsinge r
Incongruousl y , A Summer Place is the song that the Charlton Heston character plays on his eight track tape deck in his car at the beginning of The Omega Man as he drives through Los Angeles, turned into a gigantic graveyard by global biological war.
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OH WHAT A WONDREFUL MUSIC,THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC
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I grew up listening to all this music :-) the beginning of new age lol
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He still one of my favorites, I always listen some of his music
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I like this song
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what a great piece
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Malaguena, greatest album ever!
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drt1232
Brings back fond memories.
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cjojpo
One of the best songs Ever!! Theme From A Summer Place!!!!
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brunobianca1 7
Your music makes my day every day.Thank,Th a n k , t h a n k You Keep up the exellent work Bianca
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A Summer Place remember my old town. Great song.
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A favorite.... . S w e d i s h Rhapsody
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Some of his best work is as arranger of holiday music on Johnny Mathis' Merry Christmas album. One of the best of its kind. Ever.
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I was 10 years old when Summer Place was a hit too childish for instrumental but i loved the song the instant i heard it I am 62 now still my favorite instrumental can't get enough of it!!!
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iI have always loved the Theme from Summerplace, it makes me dream, good dreams
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tawilliams56
Theme song from A Summer Place is my favorite
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rafaelamerce d e s
THE THEME A SUMMER PLACE, TAKE YOUR WINGS AWAY FROM TODAY WOLRD .....
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The theme from 'A Summer Place' is definitely a favorite!
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I can recall the exact place I was when I first hear A Them From A Summer Place. This is great instrumental .
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same songs over and over for each artist, not enough varity of artist!!!
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need to have more varity, on mix. play the same songs over, and over!!
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Percy Faith's recording of music from the broadway musical Kismet is music that I must have worn out many needles listening to that great recording.
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jeweledimage
Percy Faith made an absolutely beautiful album of the beatles music that was easy to listen to and made memories.jew e l e d i m a g e
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A Summers Place... Sublime.
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can't go wrong it's the best this music is and always will be music because that is what it is!
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one of the best
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fst.lopez
Before Castro revolution in my small town in Cuba I listen a lot of american music singers and orchestra after 1959 Castro prohibit all music from the US in the radio station I love this music it remain me when I was a teneger I dance a lot with this music
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