Label: CBS - CBS 80324,CBS - S 80324 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul, Pop, Stage & Screen •
Percy Faith April 7, — February 9, was a Canadian bandleaderorchestratorcomposer 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 Transparentyzm - Kolaboranci - The Heat of American popular music in the s and continued well into the s.
Faith was born and To Erlinda - Lee Konitz, Michel Petrucciani - Toot Sweet in TorontoOntarioCanada.
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. The orchestral accordionist John Serry Sr. Inhe became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He made many recordings for Voice of America.
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 and The Beatlesto have the best selling single of the year twice.
In his fame in Sweden rose exponentially as his work Mucho One Day - Nuclear Devastation / Agathocles - Spud became 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 s recordings, he enjoyed popularity starting in 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 Youwhich were released in and respectively in several popular albums from the mids 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 mids. Faith continued to enjoy airplay and consistent album sales throughout the early s, and received a second Grammy award in 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 musical feature, Love Me or Leave Me.
With the advent of harder rock sounds in the s, 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. They married in and had two children, Marilyn and Peter. Percy Faith placed 21 albums on the Billboard Hot best sellers chart throughmaking him one of the more successful easy listening acts sales wise. Faith produced the following singles:  .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material Percy Faith And His Orchestra* - The Entertainer be challenged and removed. Virgin Books. Radio and Television Mirror. February Record Research. Joel Whitburn's Pop memories, — Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Billboard Year-End number one singles — Complete Percy Faith And His Orchestra* - The Entertainer — — — — Music portal Canada portal. Categories : births deaths American male composers Jewish composers American music arrangers Canadian composers Canadian male composers Canadian music arrangers Canadian emigrants to the United States Columbia Records Percy Faith And His Orchestra* - The Entertainer Easy listening musicians Grammy Award winners Musicians from Toronto Orchestra leaders Burials at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery Deaths from cancer in California Jewish Canadian musicians 20th-century American composers Canadian bandleaders American conductors music American male conductors music Canadian conductors music 20th-century Canadian composers 20th-century American male musicians.