April 7, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 55: Percy Faith 1 ~ Themes for Young Lovers


Themes for Young Lovers
reel-to-reel tape box spine
photo by Styrous®


This is part one of a tribute to Percy Faith who was born on this day, April 7, in 1908. There is a link to part two below.


Percy Faith
Themes for Young Lovers
reel-to-reel tape cover
photo by Styrous®


Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Percy Faith, was a bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor of lush orchestral covers of pop songs of the 1950's and 1960's. He played violin and piano as a child, and played in theatres and at Massey Hall in Toronto. After his hands were badly burned in a fire, he turned to conducting, and his live orchestras used the new medium of radio broadcasting. Beginning with stations CKNC and CKCL, Faith was a staple of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's live-music broadcasting from 1933 to 1940, when he resettled in Chicago.


Percy Faith - May, 1931
photo by Maurice Seymour





Percy Faith
Themes for Young Lovers
reel-to-reel tape cover
photo by Styrous®




left: June 26, 1942
photos by Maurice Seymour


With this album, Faith took many of the top hit songs that were on the charts from artists Steve Lawrence, Skeeter Davis, Brenda Lee, Peggy March, Paul Petersen and Barbra Streisand.



Percy Faith
Themes for Young Lovers
reel-to-reel tape cover back detail
detail photo by Styrous®




Percy Faith
Winter 1949
photographer unknown
Copyright 1949, Dell Publications



Faith arranged hits by Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, and Burl Ives, among many others, as the musical director for Columbia Records in the 1950's.




Percy Faith
Themes for Young Lovers
reel-to-reel tape
photo by Styrous®



With the advent of harder rock sounds in the 1970s, Faith's elegant arrangements fell out of favor 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 posthumous hit. Percy Faith died of cancer on February 9, 1976 in Encino, California. He was 68 years old.



Percy Faith
Themes for Young Lovers
reel-to-reel tape box spine detail
detail photo by Styrous®



Label: Columbia ‎– CQ 567
Country: US
Released: 1963
Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Easy Listening

Tracklist

Side 1:

1 - I Will Follow You - written by – A. Altman, Del Roma, J.W. Stole, J. Plante and N. Gimbel - 2:04
2 - End Of The World - written by – A. Kent and S. Dee - 2:20
3 - Rhythm Of The Rain - written by J. Gummoe - 2:20
4 - Go Away Little Girl - written by G. Goffin and C. King - 2:49
5 - Amy - written by B. Mann and C. Weil - 2:44
6 - On Broadway - written by M. Stoller-J. Leiber, B. Mann and C. Weil - 2:56

Side 2:

1 - Up On The Roof - written by G. Goffin and C. King - 2:32
2 - Can't Get Used To Losing You - written by D. Pomus, M. Shuman - 2:35
3 - Our Day Will Come - written by B. Hilliard, M. Garson - 2:57
4 - All Alone Am I - written by A. Altman, J. Ioanidis, M. Hadjidakis - 2:46
5 - My Coloring Book - written by J. Kander - F. Ebb - 2:57
6 - Theme For Young Lovers - written by Percy Faith - 2:35

Credits:

Arranged and conducted by Percy Faith
Producer – Ed Kleban


Percy Faith music videos on YouTube:

Theme For Young Lovers
I Will Follow You
Rhythm Of The Rain
Go Away Little Girl
Amy
On Broadway
Up On The Roof
Our Day Will Come
All Alone Am I


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