A video of Percy Faith conducting the Grammy Award-winning "Theme from A Summer Place." From YouTube.
Watch a video of Percy Faith conducting an orchestral version of the "Song from Moulin Rouge." From YouTube.
Faith composed piano, choral, and orchestra works during the 1940s and won a $1000 prize in 1943 in Chicago for his operetta The Gandy Dancer. His publishers include Harms, Mutual Music, and Presser. (See Catalogue of Canadian Composers for his works prior to 1950.) He enjoyed success 1950-76 with pop-song collaborations and with the film scores Tammy Tell Me True (Universal 1961), I'd Rather Be Rich (Universal 1964), The Love Goddesses (Continental 1964), The Third Day (Paramount 1965), The Oscar (Universal 1966), and Love Me or Leave Me (MGM 1955), the last of which was written with Georgie Stoll and nominated in 1955 for an Academy Award.
Faith worked with many popular singers for Columbia Records - eg, adapting a French folksong in collaboration with Carl Sigman for Guy Mitchell's first success, 'My Heart Cries For You' (1950), and arranging 'Because of You' (1951), 'Cold, Cold Heart' (1951), and 'Rags to Riches' (1953) for Tony Bennett. With his own orchestra and chorus Faith recorded the hit singles 'Delicado' (1952) and 'Song from Moulin Rouge' (1953) and the Grammy Award winners 'Theme from A Summer Place' (Record of the Year, 1960) and 'Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet' (Best Performance by a Chorus, 1969). His 45 albums include many of his film scores, his interpretations of major musicals, and three gold records, Viva (1957, reissued as 2-Col CG-33606), Bouquet (1959, Col CS-8124), and Themes for Young Lovers (1963, Col CS-8823).
More than 29,000 pages of Faith's compositions and arrangements have been deposited at Brigham Young, U, Provo, Ut.
Links to Other Sites
Song from Moulin Rouge
Watch a video of Percy Faith conducting an orchestral version of the "Song from Moulin Rouge." Check out the other Percy Faith videos on the right side of this page. From the YouTube website.
Theme from A Summer Place
A video of Percy Faith conducting the Grammy Award-winning theme from "A Summer Place." From YouTube.
A brief profile of Percy Faith, acclaimed s composer, arranger and conductor. From the website for the Canadian Communications Foundation.