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Percy Faith

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Percy Faith (April 7, 1908February 9, 1976) was a band-leader, orchestrator and composer, known for his arrangements of standard tunes with lush string sections and wordless female chorus.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario. His live orchestra was a staple of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's live-music broadcasting from the 1938 to 1940, when he resettled in Chicago. In 1945, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He made many recordings for Voice of America. After working briefly for Decca Records, he worked for Mitch Miller at Columbia Records, where he turned out dozens of albums and provided arrangements for many of the pop singers of the 1950s.

His most famous compositions are 'Delicado' (1952), 'Moulin Rouge' (1953) and 'Theme from “A Summer Place”' (1960). He died in Encino, California.


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