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Percy Faith & His Orchestra

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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kismet

1. Sands Of Time

2. Stranger In Paradise

3. Zubbediya, Samaris' Dance

4. He's In Love!

5. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

6. Rhymes Have I

7. Rahadlakum

8. And This Is My Beloved

9. Fate

10. Night Of My Nights

11. Not Since Nineveh

12. Bazaar Of The Caravans

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Track List: Bim Bam Boom

1. Bim Bam Boom

2. Reza (Ray-Za)

3. Sim

4. Estrada Branca

5. Samba De Orfeu

6. Tropic Holiday

7. Oye Negra

8. Nao Tem Problema (Brazil Blue)

9. No Balanco Do Jequiba (The Butterfly)

10. Maracangalha (I Go)

11. Enlloro (Voodoo Moon)

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Track List: Plays Music From The Broadway Production "House Of Flowers"

1. House Of Flowers

2. I'm Gonna Leave Off Wearing My Shoes

3. Waitin'

4. Slide "Boy" Slide

5. Don't Like Goodbyes

6. Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree

7. One Man Ain't Quite Enough

8. I Never Has Seen Snow

9. What Is A Friend For?

10. A Sleepin' Bee

11. Mardi Gras Waltz

12. Smellin' Of Vanilla (Bamboo Cage)

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Track List: Adventure In The Sun

1. Tropical Merengue

2. Bluebell Polka

3. Carmellita

4. The Fiddling Bullfighter

5. Eleanora

6. Tambora (Merengue)

7. Hey José!

8. Bahama Lullaby

9. Bubbling Over (Gardebylaten)

10. Italiano!

11. Tropic Holiday

12. The Bandit (Theme From "O Cangaceiro")

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Track List: Passport To Romance

1. Madeira

2. Merry-Go-Round

3. Bonjour Tristesse

4. A Theme From "The Threepenny Opera" (Moritat)

5. Heart Of Paris (I Left My Heart In The Heart Of Montmartre)

6. Bread, Love And Dreams

7. Little Bells And Big Bells

8. The Little Lost Dog

9. Scalinatella (Stay After School)

10. The Portuguese Washerwomen

11. Sierra Madre

12. Sombra

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Track List: Hollywood's Great Themes

1. El Cid (Love Theme)

2. Moon River

3. Theme From "King Of Kings"

4. Splendor In The Grass (Love Theme)

5. Maria

6. It Might As Well Be Spring

7. Over And Over Again

8. Ben Hur (Love Theme)

9. Too Late Blues

10. I Enjoy Being A Girl

11. Theme From "The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse"

12. Theme From "Light In The Piazza"

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Track List: Music From Lerner & Loewe's "Camelot"

1. March

2. I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight

3. The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood

4. Camelot

5. Follow Me

6. The Lusty Month Of May

7. Then You May Take Me To The Fair

8. How To Handle A Woman

9. If Ever I Would Leave You

10. What Do The Simple Folk Do

11. I Loved You Once In Silence

12. Guenevere

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Track List: Subways Are For Sleeping

1. Ride Through The Night

2. I'm Just Taking My Time

3. When You Help A Friend Out

4. Who Knows What Might Have Been?

5. I Just Can't Wait

6. Getting Married

7. Be A Santa

8. How Can You Describe A Face?

9. Comes Once In A Lifetime

10. Now I Have Someone

11. I Said It & I'm Glad

12. What Is This Feeling In The Air?

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Track List: Do I Hear A Waltz?

1. Do I Hear A Waltz?

2. Here We Are Again

3. Moon In My Window

4. This Week Americans

5. Someone Like You

6. We're Gonna Be All Right

7. No Understand

8. Take The Moment

9. Thinking

10. A Perfectly Lovely Couple

11. Stay

12. Thank You So Much

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Track List: My Fair Lady

1. With A Little Bit Of Luck

2. Wouldn't It Be Loverly

3. I'm An Ordinary Man

4. The Rain In Spain

5. I Could Have Danced All Night

6. Embassy Waltz

7. Ascot Gavotte

8. On The Streets Where You Live

9. Show Me

10. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

11. Get Me To The Church On Time

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Track List: Broadway Bouquet

1. Hello, Dolly!

2. Once Upon A Time

3. Somewhere

4. Sunrise, Sunset And Fiddler On The Roof

5. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

6. A Quiet Thing

7. Make Someone Happy

8. What Kind Of Fool Am I?

9. Long Ago

10. The Sweetest Sounds

11. As Long As He Needs Me

12. Theme From ''Golden Boy''

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Track List: The Love Goddesses

1. The Love Goddess (Theme From "The Love Goddesses")

2. Cheesecake

3. Marilyn

4. Surrender

5. The Vamp

6. Keystone Kapers

7. The Virginian

8. Our Love

9. The Monaco Theme

10. Chico Bolero

11. Celia's Waltz

12. Oba! (Bossa Nova)

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Track List: Great Folk Themes

1. Darlin' Corey

2. Five Hundred Miles

3. The Lemon Tree

4. This Land Is Your Land

5. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

6. Greenback Dollar

7. This Train

8. Greenfields

9. Sloop John B.

10. The Hammer Song

11. Michael Row The Boat

12. Blowin' In The Wind

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Track List: The Music Of Brazil!

1. Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)

2. Delicado

3. Tu Sabes

4. Ba-Tu-Ca-Da

5. Amorada (Brasileirinho)

6. The Bandit (Theme From 'O Congaceiro')

7. Baia

8. Tico-Tico

9. Little Dreamer (Tutu Maramba)

10. Maxixe (Dengoza)

11. Atrevido (Bem Te Vi Atrevido)

12. The Minute Samba

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Track List: Shangri-La!

1. Shangri-La

2. Kashmiri Song

3. The March Of The Siamese Children

4. Stranger In Paradise

5. Cherry Blossom

6. Song Of India

7. Mountain High, Valley Low

8. Beyond The Reef

9. The Moon Of Manakoora

10. And This Is My Beloved

11. Sayonara

12. Return To Paradise (From The United Artists Film "Return To Paradise")

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Track List: Swing Low In Hi Fi

1. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

2. All God's Children Got Wings

3. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

4. Little David Play on Your Harp

5. Were You There

6. It's Me Oh Lord

7. Get on Board

8. Deep River

9. Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit

10. Steal Away

11. Roll the Old Chariot Along

12. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen

13. Go Down Moses

14. Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

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Track List: Mucho Gusto! More Music Of Mexico

1. Mucho Gusto

2. Besame Mucho

3. La Negra

4. Maria Elena

5. Huapango

7. Las Altenitas (A Gay Ranchero)

9. Cielito Lindo

11. Cocula

12. La Chaparrita

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Track List: The Little Drummer Boy

1. We Need A Little Christmas

3. The Little Drummer Boy

4. Joy To The World

6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

8. Good King Wenceslas

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Track List: Malaguena - Music Of Cuba

1. Malaguena

4. Danza Negra

6. El Bodeguero

7. Damisela Encantadora

10. Tumbando Cana

11. Marta

12. Mama Inez

13. Para Vigo Me Voy

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Track List: The Columbia Album Of George Gershwin

1. Fascinatin' Rhythm

2. A Foggy Day/Soon

3. Clap Yo' Hands

4. Embraceable You

5. Mine

6. Somebody Loves Me

7. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin

8. Summertime

9. Bess, You Is My Woman Now

10. My Man's Gone Now

11. Nice Work If You Can Get It

12. For You, For Me, For Evermore

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Track List: Music From Hollywood

1. The Song From 'Moulin Rouge' (Where Is Your Heart)

2. Genevieve

3. Theme From 'The Bad And The Beautiful' (Love Is For The Very Young)

4. Caribbean Night (Noche Caribe)

5. Return To Paradise

6. Invitation

7. Ruby

8. The Loveliest Night Of The Year

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Track List: A Summer Place

1. Theme From A Summer Place

2. Love Theme From Romeo & Julie

3. Lara's Theme From Dr. Zhivago

4. A Man & A Woman

5. The Sound Of Music

6. Love Theme From The Godfather

7. Born Free

8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My

9. The Way We Were

10. Mon Oncle

11. Elvira Madigan Theme

12. The Song From Moulin Rouge

13. Hello Dolly

14. Moon River

15. Summer Of '42

16. Tara's Theme From Gone With The Wind

17. Never On Sunday

18. The Windmills Of Your Mind

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Track List: 16 Most Requested Songs

1. Swedish Rhapsody (Midsummer Vigil)

2. Where Is Your Heart (From "Moulin Rouge")

3. Delicado

4. Baubles, Bangles & Beads

5. The Rain In Spain

6. Show Me

7. Malagueña

8. The Theme From "A Summer Place"

9. I Will Follow You

10. Theme For Young Lovers

11. The Sound Of Music

12. Tara's Theme

13. The Girl From Ipanema

14. Song From "The Oscar" (From "The Oscar")

15. Romeo & Juliet (From "Romeo & Juliet")

16. MacArthur Park

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Track List: Themes For The "In" Crowd

1. The "In" Crowd

2. Yesterday

3. Are You There (With Another Girl)

4. Let's Hang On

5. Make It Easy On Yourself

6. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

7. 1-2-3

8. A Lover's Concerto

9. Here It Comes Again

10. Thunderball

11. Everyone's Gone To The Moon

12. See You Around

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Track List: More Themes For Young Lovers

1. You Don't Own Me

2. Forget Him

3. Anyone Who Had A Heart

4. Sugar Shack

5. I'll Take You Home

6. Judy

7. Wives And Lovers

8. Blue On Blue

9. See The Funny Little Clown

10. Popsicles And Icicles

11. Since I Fell For You

12. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um

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Track List: Themes For Young Lovers

1. I Will Follow You

2. The End Of The World

3. Rhythm Of The Rain

4. Go Away Little Girl

5. Amy

6. On Broadway

7. Up On The Roof

8. Can't Get Used To Losing You

9. Our Day Will Come

10. All Alone Am I

11. My Coloring Book

12. Theme For Young Lovers

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one of the great orchestras thanks for the music fred
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GOOD RENDERING , BUT WILL STILL TAKE PERCY FAITH FOR THIS ONE

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