Percy Faith

Percy Faith ( born April 7, 1908 in Toronto, Ontario, † 9 February 1976 in Encino, California ) was an American ( naturalized 1945) orchestra leader of Canadian origin.


Percy Faith was formed in Toronto at the Conservatory and studied since at Louis Waizman and Frank Wellman. After he had his hands severely injured in a fire, he could no longer play the piano and resorted to arranging and conducting. From 1931, he conducted his own orchestra and then became the principal arranger and conductor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for which he conducted from 1938 to 1940 numerous live concerts on the radio. 1940 Faith moved over to the USA.

Faith was a representative of the easy-listening - direction and had three # 1 hits: Delicado, 1952; Theme from Moulin Rouge, 1953; and Theme from A Summer Place, 1959.

Faith also wrote film scores, among others, for the films " night club affairs " ( Love Me or Leave Me, 1955), Tammy Tell Me True (1961, also used in the television series " Tammy, the girl from the house boat "), " So you tames Eva " ( I'd Rather Be Rich, 1964), " Goddess of Love" ( the Love goddesses, 1964), " the third day " (The third Day ), 1965 ) and " ... because no one is without guilt " (The Academy, 1966). For the television series The Men from Shiloh ( The Virginian ) Faith wrote the theme music.

Percy Faith was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.