POPULAR MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA
to enjoy the video/audio files on an IOS device you will need to add a "wma viewer" program, files here are .wma and .wmv's
PERCY FAITH: COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR-ARRANGER
Percy Faith had a tremendous career, doing just what he wanted to do, creating albums of beautiful music. Actually that's the second half of his career, the first was "on the air" bringing his unique orchestral arrangements and compositions to radio. I've been told that there was actually a time when few households had TELEVISIONS... my late mother used to stay up late at night to hear David Rose and his CALIFORNIA MELODIES programs. As time goes by people don't even remember Percy's hit arrangement of Max Steiner's SUMMER PLACE, or DELICADO or MOULIN ROUGE - but view these pages and you'll realize that he recorded over a thousand arrangements with a style that could never be duplicated. After all these years, we are rewarded with our treasured albums being available in the "best possible" sound of the compact disc; see below! There are several great CD reissues by Taragon and Collectables, and manufacturing remains with Sony (Taragon does its own remastering), so the quality is superb. It is a great tribute to PERCY FAITH that his music still delights listeners in the year 2000 and beyond. Millions of thanks go to Good Music, Collectables, and Taragon for bringing Faith's music to us in the window-on-sound CD format.
His orchestra heard "on the air" in Canada and the United States, since the 1930's, Mr. Faith brought us his unique sound, rich arrangements featuring his favorite section of the orchestra - the strings, that carried the Faith signature sound of rich countermelodies and harmonic developments across sections of the orchestra. Pictured above, Percy at the piano in the living room of his Encino home in 1966, "California 1966" in his own writing (this is an original picture from the family collection). We are greatly honored that most of Percy Faith's recordings have been reissued on CD's, scroll down the page for a listing. In the UK many of Percy's early "pre-Columbia" recordings are available (such as the Decca recordings and the RCA recordings - the Deccas started out as 78 rpm records; the RCA's started out as an EP set, and were later released as a 12" Lp. Please see Alan Bunting's website for details. The three lists (scroll almost to the end) are Percy Faith's own listings, and will answer some questions and raise others; most interesting is that they contain some of the arrangements and compositions Percy wrote from the earliest days, and they are displayed here from his notebook (MARPET was the name of his "own" publishing company for his original compositions, MARilyn and PETer - named after his two children.
In two parts because I'm having scanner problems, here's a tribute article to Percy Faith from Gene Lees, from the August, 1976 edition of HIGH FIDELITY magazine, a great magazine that shifted to rock (of course) and thinned out and went away. I should have posted it a few decades ago. I included full page scans to help with legibility (not so great) and also to show the ads on the pages that make it clear that 1976 was all about the Lp record.
August, 1976 Gene Lees Tribute from HIGH FIDELITY part 1 / part 2
I'm honored to present GORDON BIBBY doing a superb job of doing all the work - writing the DJ script for the BROADWAY BOUQUET promotional record originally created for radio stations to use their own announcers to "talk with" Percy Faith - I don't have the original announcer's script, so Gordon has written and recorded his own for a realistic "talk" with Percy about Broadway Bouquet, amazingly this recording of 1965 and 2015 took only a half century to bring together! Contratulations and kudos to Gordon.
from Gordon Bibby -
My first exposure to Percy Faith was subliminal. His renditions of Delicado, Swedish Rhapsody, Theme from Moulin Rouge and Christmas in Killarney played over my parents’ Rogers Majestic radio in their home in Calgary throughout the early 50’s. I was young and the synapses in my brain hadn’t yet matured sufficiently to draw a connection between genius and the sounds emanating from the speakers.
It was a definitive moment in 1959, however, when I heard “Theme From a Summer Place” that my love affair with Percy Faith and his music began. I was 14 and my youth compelled me to acquire a copy of this iconic performance for my own. Dipping into my meager paper route money I made my first ever record purchase for 99 cents: a maroon & silver-labeled Columbia 45 RPM single with Go-Go-Po-Go on the reverse side.
This may not have ranked up there with buying one’s first car but certainly became a definitive moment in my appreciation of music. The Chinook Winds swept city of Calgary, at that time a culturally-deprived backwater, was populated with record stores that offered little more than what the local country music and top 40 stations were spinning. My only saving grace was the Columbia Record Club which allowed me to cultivate my collection of Faith recordings by mail.
I would occasionally tuck an album or two under my arm before heading off to a house party. At some point I'd hijack the host’s record player and gently lower the tone arm onto Harold Arlen's "Out of This World" from Mr. Faith's "Bouquet of Love" album which inevitably brought looks of horror and jeers from my Top 40 addled high school friends. The concept of time and place was obviously overshadowed by my enthusiasm to broaden their musical tastes.
For years I felt I was the only person left on earth who still appreciated the music of Percy Faith and his peers. Fortunately the advent of the internet in the early nineties changed all that. It became quickly apparent that I was among thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, who were keeping the easy listening genre alive and well. The feedback I receive from listeners to my local weekly radio program over the past 14 years is a testament to the appreciation music lovers everywhere have for easy listening and light instrumental music.
It has become evident, however, that my enjoyment of Mr. Faith’s music paled in comparison to those who have taken their admiration of his work to a much higher level such as Alan Bunting and Bill Halvorsen. Bill’s Percy Faith Pages website has been a revelation and I feel like a kid in a candy store poring over the many articles, sound bytes, video clips and pictures.
It was here that I discovered the audio file taken from the Broadway Bouquet EP record that was distributed to radio stations to promote the launch of Mr. Faith’s latest album back in 1965. Since the printed script with questions to Mr. Faith’s recorded answers was lost, I drafted up some which I thought would be appropriate and proceeded to cut and paste the various segments using audio editing software and created a faux interview.
The interview started off as a lark but soon became almost spiritual in nature as I connected in a virtual manner with a gentleman whose work I hold close and have treasured throughout my life. It’s unfortunate for me that time or opportunity did not allow me to meet or correspond with Mr. Faith when he was alive. This experience, however, has allowed me to share some of his artistic insight and a glimpse into his personality which I truly consider an honour. - Gordon Bibby
also from GORDON BIBBY and a school chum of his, click the link below for a great, professional video that reminds us that all the "magic" that happens in the music we enjoy (the vast vast vast majority of us) happens in only 12 tones!!! We can do a LOT with 12 tones, perhaps some future listeners in the year 3015 will use 15 - or 18 - or ???
Gord was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He had a fascination with radio at a very early age and played DJ with his Seabreeze record player using his parents’ record collection as early as 5 years old.
Unfortunately Gord didn’t possess a “radio voice” necessary for on air work in the 60’s so worked behind the scenes writing commercials for a local radio station while still in high school and eventually moved into station management.
He realized his dream of being on air and sharing his love of easy listening music when he began hosting “Elevator Club” on the community/campus FM radio station originating from Nanaimo, British Columbia in April, 2000.
His program has since been carried on other radio stations in BC of which dozens of archived broadcasts and current programs can be heard and downloaded from Gord’s blog at www.elevatorclubradio.com.
Many years later, here is an interview from a promotional record from Japan, it's dated 5/1975 but I'm not sure about that. Anyway it's a very thin plastic record (almost transparent blue) with the CBS/Sony and Kyodo production labels. Click here to listen.
The Sound of Recording excellence at Columbia - HAROLD CHAPMAN, recording engineer
Columbia Records - and Percy Faith - and many other artists - were most fortunate to have an excellent recording engineer from the opening of the New York City studio until his retirement in 1970 - HAROLD CHAPMAN who is often referred to with a great deal of respect by his nickname "Chappie." For many artists he is credited for the full, detailed sound on Columbia records - so well recorded that the analog master tapes digitized and put on CD didn't sound "old" at all in the next century! He was a good friend of Percy Faith, and through his miking/mixing techniques brought forth every part of a Faith arrangement, including those mixed in the "pre-stereo" era - sure, monophonic recordings are what they are - then again when well done, aside from losing the two-channel benefit, they could STILL bring forth the well-balanced sounds of the Faith orchestra as well as many Columbia artists. Chappie moved to LA at the same time Percy Faith left NYC for the relentless sunshine and good weather (usually) of California.
It's great to have received an email from Harold Chapman's grandson, Guy Farris, a few weeks ago. I forwarded his email address to Rick Gleitsman, Percy Faith's grandson, and the two spoke on the phone, and I'm very pleased to reproduce a biography of Chappie that Guy wrote not long ago:
Click here to view some pictures of Chappie (note that it seemed cigarette smoking was not just cool, it was the fabric of our being, peer pressure, etc., but it took a heavy toll on people)...Percy Faith didn't have lung cancer, it was another type but his daughter Marilyn did have it. Seems as a teen/twenty-something I noticed a majority of radio announcers and very talented media people smoked to their detriment. Then again actors and actresses did and television depicted smoking during working hours as a normal thing. They don't show many of the shows we grew up on but I have the Dr. Kildare TV pilot and MY GOD, it seems like everyone smoked, especially in the hospital, patient rooms, cafeterias, and so on. Even the wise Raymond Massey who played the "knowledgeable chief doctor to be feared" smoked. There was a lot of peer pressure to smoke at school bus stops (and everywhere else where it could be hidden from parental types) in the mid 1960's. I have to say, though, that "they were different times." There were a hell of a lot of cigarette commercials on the television and radio airwaves and they sponsored in whole or in part some great TV/radio shows. Now we've gone to the other extreme, where CVS seems to have taken on the role of Big Parent In The Sky and removed all tobacco from their stores. Not Kool at all, in my opinion... on a lighter (not meant to be a pun) note we were fortunate to have some incredibly talented Canadians "back in the day" - Percy Faith, Lorne Greene, Raymond Massey, Art Linkletter come to mind. Marilyn did tell me that Lorne Greene (anyone remember Bonanza on NBC In Color?) and Percy were good friends and that Mr. Greene attended Percy's funeral.
Terry Woodson conducted Percy Faith arrangements and compositions in a recent tour of several cities in Japan, see below for details. In spite of our dubious music of today (rock, rap, hip-hop, etc.) representing the American taste in music, the wonderful people of Japan are still delighted by live orchestral performances. One has to wonder if that could ever happen here. Sadly I have to be realistic and say no. Popular Music for Orchestra, as Marilyn and I called it, and the Quality Music or Beautiful Music format on radio of mainly instrumental tracks of string-dominated orchestras, was pushed out by the four-letter-word rock. I still cling to the notion, no matter how naive it might be, that rock was brought in to the exclusion of everything else; it did not "mix well" with the standards and showtunes that we celebrate and so standards and showtunes (and instrumental cover versions that we enjoy of Faith, Mancini, Weston, Farnon, that allowed for a radio format that was very popular - for adults in the 50's through the 70's. Columbia's management was largely made up of MUSICIANS in the 50's through the 70's. That wasn't the case for the rock era. Businessmen who "thought" they had "golden ears" pushed popular music for orchestra off the airwaves so that we could all have our fill of the BeaTles and the Stones and their ilk. Just my opinion. I thought disco was pretty bad but it used the elements of music that we all knew; but then came rap and hip-hop where melody doesn't often exist at all, just four-letter words and hyphenated phrases.
It is, therefore, nothing short of amazing that Percy Faith's music continues to enchant listeners. There is no doubt that it is an older crowd, I don't think too many 20-somethings have much understanding of orchestral popular music; I mention Percy Faith and get blank looks, even his arrangement of Max Steiner's Theme From "A Summer Place" and more blank stares. After all, that was 1960, over 50 years ago. If I mention two of Percy's other big-charting hits, "The Song from Moulin Rouge" or "Delicado" more blank stares; we're going back into the 1950's. It is amazing, and the highest honor to Percy and those who still enjoy his arrangements, that his music was put into digital form to get into the 21st century, and for that we have much to celebrate. I have to say, though, if you are reading this and are thinking about buying some Percy Faith CD's NOW IS THE TIME, as three CD's (one 2-fer and one "standalone") have been cut from the Taragon catalog, something I didn't think would ever happen - you can no longer buy VIVA!, Malaguena, or Exotic Strings. I've seen huge discounts on the Collectables series - and have been assured none are cut-outs at this point, but now and then a CD may be delayed while another manufacturing order is placed. I guess I'm trying to say it's important to place your orders for these CD's that were remastered from the analog master tapes as a priority before they vanish... possibly forever. Be wary of buying foreign imports on strange labels of any artist - I have several of them and they are not digital remasters of the original tapes, rather they are "made from an Lp that doesn't sound so good." I was recently sent an email solicitation for several Hugo Winterhalter albums. A big caution sign went up; again, strange labels. Sadly, no one has gone back and done full-intact album reissues of Hugo's RCA albums. Long ago (and far away) I chose the selections for a couple 2-CD sets for the Good Music Record Company of Katonah, New York. It was just an omnibus collection of 100% instrumentals - and mastered/manufactured by RCA itself (they even sent "listening cassettes" to ensure they had been working on the correct selections from the tape library). The CD (The Percy Faith Treasury, 2-CD set as well as the all-orchestral Winterhalter 2-CD set) and the company that made them appear to no longer exist.
Follow the links below to read and listen to historical information about our kind of music and the career of Percy Faith, including great, educational reading by Alfred Holden and Richard O'Connor. The first link is the most important as it
opens up to another page of very historical programs from Percy Faith's collection. This material is presented for historical purposes.
Percy Faith: Performances Past (links to essential videos, click here first!)
then... more historical articles as well as video/audio files
FAITH: THE STREAMLINED MAN -
Written in 2000 by
Alfred Holden for
Taddle Creek Magazine (Christmas 2000) (.pdf document)
A Brief History of Beautiful Music Radio ©2009 Richard O'Connor (.pdf document)
THE VIRGINIAN - Season 1, Episode 1, THE EXECUTIONER score excerpt (.wma file (you can find THE VIRGINIAN TV series at AMAZON.COM)
after a brief "intro intro" at the beginning of this tape, you'll hear the "real original" Percy Faith VIRGINIAN opening; even Columbia/Sony seemed to think the "jazzy" version (the version I learned to play on the mighty Thomas Trianon organ way back in the early 70's... WAS the original but it wasn't; this is the "ride them horses" version that was used on all seasons of the show, though Percy scored only two complete episodes, while some of his thematic material from those two were used by subsequent composer/arrangers). Same with "I'd Rather Be Rich" - all changed from .wav to .wma, should stream now.
THE VIRGINIAN - Season 2, Episode 1 ?or? 3 (NO TEARS FOR SAVANNAH) (.wma file, shows ep 3 on the boxed DVD set should be ep 1. 2nd season premiere (or so I think) (.wma file)
I'D RATHER BE RICH soundtrack excerpts (.wma file, added 11/27/2014) (note, many splices on the tape from long ago, one gave way, could not edit file (donations of high-end Mac system would be most appreciated)
Note that these tracks contain only Percy Faith's original scores, before any dialog or singers were added. On "I'd Rather Be Rich" you could listen to the song elsewhere on this site to hear the opening credits with Robert Goulet and Andy Williams singing - but here it's more like a "music minus one" exercise - get out those keyboards and fill in the melody!
the 2013 Japan ConcertSCHEDULE
The following movies (.avi format) were taken by Rick Gleitsman, on a Canon Elph, no tripod, but Rick's shaky knee, from the back row of the theaters. The house lights dim, the curtain rises, and - MUSIC! These are excerpts from the concerts, just a small sampling of the program, and they all show how Maestro Woodson was able to coax the Percy Faith sound from the players as they toured Japan.
Marilyn Leonard, Percy Faith's daughter, died after a long battle with cancer on January 1, 2010. Marilyn was a wonderful, kind friend who spent many hours on the phone talking about her father's work, and then hosted me for a 1-week visit in May of 1991 where I was able to learn more about Percy Faith, seeing the artwork Percy collected and enjoyed, and all the awards and miscellaneous items in his office in his home; we made a low-production value video of my visit. I feel very sad at losing the kind Marilyn who absolutely loved her father Percy's music and knew every track. My sincere condolences go out to her family, friends, and all who will miss her. The obituary:
LEONARD, Marilyn Born December 5, 1931 in Toronto Canada to Mary and Percy
Faith. It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of our mother and
friend, Marilyn Faith Leonard who passed away January 1 at the age of 78 after a
long but courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish her memory are her
children Lisa McCloskey, Rick Gleitsman, Judy Kaplan, son-in-law Jim Kaplan, and
grandchildren Steven Stinson, Brittany, Austin and Lily Gleitsman, Zach and
Mattie Kaplan. She had a great love for music, cooking, all things creative, and
her "band of sisters." There was not a soul that met her that didn't fall in
love with her. She was a caring and dedicated friend and her spirit of
generosity and open-heartedness will long be remembered by all who knew her.
She is now reunited in heaven with her son Johnny, Jack Leonard the love of her life, her father whom she dearly adored, her mother and her brother Peter. Thursday, January 7 at 11:00 a.m.
Published in Los Angeles Times January 5-6 2010
click to see >Video of Bill's trip to meet Dolly and Marilyn in May 1991 (wmv format)
The film begins with Marilyn giving me a tour of the Encino neighborhood; stay with the film as you will see after a tour of Percy and Dolly's home, lots of photos that Percy had taken over the years, you'll be amazed at the musicians he knew and worked with!
Percy Faith's song "My Heart Cries For You" gets Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
by Rick Gleitsman, grandson of Percy Faith
Sorry the quality is so lousy, it was shot on my still camera, and it ends abruptly as I was asked to stand up. It's cute to hear my 88 year old Great Aunt, Percy's sister, sitting next to me say "That's my Brother". :)
Anyway, it is on youtube titled: Movie #1 Recut by RgpropsEnjoy!!! (Gosh I hope this works)!!! Enjoy!!!
FOR BUSINESS QUESTIONS REGARDING THE MUSIC/RIGHTS/USAGE of Percy Faith and his orchestra, please contact:
RICK GLEITSMAN, PercyFaithMusic@gmail.com
Rick is Percy Faith's grandson, and if you wish to see a picture of him as a young man pull out your copy of "The Academy Award Winner WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND (CS 9835), look on the back cover, first pix is Percy walking into the studio, next Percy is autographing his album for a young lady and next to her is Rick. In the next panel it's Percy giving drummer Earl Palmer a bit of advice on the drums (and Earl Palmer was a very famous R&B drummer, Percy had the best musicians!) The pix at the bottom look different than the LA studio pix because for this ONE album, Percy re-established contact with his friends/musicians and recorded this album in NYC. I had asked Marilyn about this because it sounded different but I couldn't describe exactly how and she immediately knew it was because of the location and New York musicians and engineers. Prior to this, all albums from JEALOUSY until this album were recorded in LA (albums BEFORE Jealousy, the CL 500 series were recorded in New York, and Percy returned to LA for all of his albums after this "LA exception.)"
A Recording Session for historical purposes - permission granted only for personal use!
NICK PERITO in the Capitol LA Studios conducting Percy Faith's Music for the JVC Series (1994)
I know that 25 parts for the above sessions is just too long, but the originals were on T-120 VHS tapes that JVC sent to Dolly Faith; the years have not been kind to the recordings and attempts to make this a 2 or 3 part download have been a historic FAIL. It's wonderful viewing, and perhaps someone can write a batch file to join them with a PD executable such as HJ-JOIN to make it happen.
These are large files and probably won't stream except on >7Mbps fast cable or FIOS connections, so please right-click and "save as" so that you can view them offline. This material is used on this site with permission of the Faith family and Terry Woodson who was the producer for this series... for historical, non-commercial purposes. Now you will know what electricity is generated at a real recording session - takes, listening, deciding on re-takes, etc. Great educational material, a learning experience for all of us seeing Percy's original manuscripts being recreated. You'll see Dolly and Marilyn in there, ENJOY!
More of the "behind the scenes" JVC recordings of Nick Perito at Capitol in LA, conducting Percy Faith's arrangements , captured by a cameraman for JVC. While my ancient Panasonic divided each segment above into small pieces, you'll find only two files - HUGE files, one 999mb, the other 750mb. You'll need a good wideband connection to stream these; I recommend the "right click and save as" routine so that you'll have the complete file (after perhaps hours or at worst overnight, depending on your broadband download speed. If you can get 7 or so megabits per second download steadily, you COULD stream these files and watch them but I'd recommend saving them instead).
Here is a recording found in Marilyn's tapes, evidently recorded by one of the Percy Faith Society members in Japan, in the audience of NICK PERITO IN JAPAN CONDUCTING PERCY FAITH. Recording-wise it's not great in that it was a VHS tape that looks like it was dubbed to another VHS tape, then rendered to .WMV so I fear you can't get much detail from the orchestra (sure, you can see where the (too quiet) strings are, but the piano and percussion are kind of a mystery. VHS had it's own built-in copy protection even when it didn't - in that quality took a nosedive on anything but the first recording. You can't make out faces, sadly. Right-click and "save as" since this is about 500mb and I doubt if you'll be able to stream it. You get the feeling of a "real concert" - starting right from the brief orchestra tune-up with the concertmaster providing a middle "A" followed by the pianist, and the rest of the instruments get into sync.
MITCH MILLER 1911-2010
8/2/2010: on July 31, we have lost Mitch Miller - performing musician, arranger, conductor, oboist, and the man who hired Percy Faith into Columbia Records in 1950. Mitch Miller was 99 years old. Mitch hired the famous vocalists, and assigned various arrangers who worked for him (and he arranged music as well) to launch their careers. Such "youngsters" as Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and many others saw huge careers that were launched by contracts with Columbia and Mitch; and often through the orchestral magic of Percy Faith! This was a good deal for Percy, as he really wanted to record instrumentally and not be involved with vocalists; so for the duration of the 1950's Faith had a deal with Columbia and Mitch, that he'd record for the "youngsters" - and in turn he could record orchestral albums under his own name... and he did just that! I don't have a link but the New York Times website has an excellent article about Mr. Miller - wow - he used to work with George Gershwin!!!
I was honored to talk to Mitch on the phone a few times in the 1990's and again for the BBC Radio 2 program "The Arrangers" where he gladly agreed to participate in the show (they sent interviewers with recording equipment to his home). He was rather sad that his music had been forgotten but I think I encouraged him a bit when I started listing some of his Lp's that had been digitally remastered for CD reissue. I know that he was very pleased when two of his own albums, along with the two albums he recorded with Percy Faith, were reissued intact. MANON is a Faith composition, and here is a track from the album "Columbia House Party" where Mitch just happens to have an oboe that squeaks to life, and Percy Faith started playing the song as a piano solo - but Mitch came through with the expressive oboe - right click and save the track then hear what could easily have been a thirteenth track to MUSIC UNTIL MIDNIGHT!
December 2014, Joe Brechner's son Berl writes, Joe was one of the co-founders of WGAY (follow the above link) - more info about the early days to follow, Berl's memories of the station waaay before the Quality Music format!
A station with an incredible beautiful music (!) sound in our little cow-town of Wheaton, a.k.a. Silver Spring, Maryland, FM licensed to Washington DC but never located there (close, though)
This is a tribute to a great radio station that was licensed to Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland, and was one of the hard-working pioneers of the "quality music" format. They didn't just play tapes from syndicators. They were creating the oft-copied format many years before the syndicators (e.g., Shulke and Bonneville). Here, you can see how a station put together a great radio format made from Lp records of mostly instrumental standards and show tunes, with a pop-cover allowed in now and then. In 1960 they turned off announcer blather and put on (almost) quarter hour segments of back-to-back music and the public loved it. A few stations across the nation did similar things, one in New Jersey, WPAT, one in California (KABL I think). It all gave way to rock eventually, but only after a long success. In an interview Operations Manager Bob Chandler used to say "everything has three parts, a beginning, a middle, and an end." He tried to create such a cadence in the programming of music. It was not backtitled until 1965 (but if you wanted to know what song was played, you CALLED ON THE TELEPHONE and if they could, they'd gladly tell you! Imagine that. View these pages, listen to the station sound with a few excerpts from 1966 and 1968 through 1970 (all music and station ID's recorded when the station was in maintenance mode, because yours truly didn't want to hear news or commercials, and this was a great chance to do that). Also a VERY reluctant Bob Chandler let me have some of the station's identifying music, all the way from commercial beds to the signature "harps" and the station ID's themselves. The mono ones were from the 1960-1965 era. Enjoy! Tell me if you'd like such a sound back again in the present day (I know, ain't going to happen).
Percy Faith? Japan?Starting in 1966, Percy began concert tours of about a month's duration, around 20 cities, throughout Japan, where people loved to hear his renditions of popular music, including Gershwin and showtunes. Through all these years, Percy's original manuscripts brought his arrangements to life in Japanese concert halls, to listeners young, old, and in-between. Too bad it can't happen in the "corporate" environment of the United States... In the spring of 1976, just a short time after Percy's death, the concert that sadly became a "tribute to Percy Faith" was conducted by DAVID ROSE. Then for many years, Alan Broadbent took the baton, followed in the 90's by the late Nick Perito. Orchestra manager Terry Woodson, conductor for Frank Sinatra, Jr., now conducts the live sounds of Percy Faith arrangements via tours of several Japanese cities every few years.
You can see the liner notes in the photo below are in Japanese, here is a translation from jazz collector Keizo Takada of Tokyo - Keizo got me copies of Koga and Hattori when first released. This translation is excerpted from a letter to me from Keizo dated February 25, 1976:
"It was just after the War when I heard the name of Percy Faith for the first time. I had been attracted by the music of Kostelanetz with its flavor of symphonic jazz before I heard Percy Faith, and when I received the record of my melodies made by Percy Faith, I was so excited that I felt as though I was a child. As I enjoyed the Koga Melodies Lp, I had looked forward to hearing the Percy Faith arrangements of my melodies. The arrangements are unique. I am an arranger myself and I heard his arrangements with critical ears, however, his arrangements, with preludes and interludes which I could never think of, utterly knocked me down. I felt unavoidable difference in attitude toward music which probably came from cultural difference. The same can be said if I arranged some American music. It is very welcome that many Japanese music melodies are played by various musicians abroad and that Japanese melodies are introduced to world music lovers. I look forward to seeing Percy Faith on his next trip to Japan. - Ryoichi Hattori"
(concert photos above courtesy Toshiho Namba)
(a very incomplete tribute to a great bunch of albums recorded on the RCA Camden (cheap) label with wonderful music by such conductors as William Hill-Bowen and Johnny Douglas; if you run across these in dusty used record shops, they are fine albums in spite of their, er, economical packaging and sometimes bad pressings; to me the work of Douglas, Bowen, and several others really makes up a lot of the backbone of what we used to enjoy on "beautiful music" formatted stations.
Contenental Music/Romantic Music; Malaguena; Music from South Pacific/The Sound of Music; VIVA (the music of Mexico)/Exotic Strings; TOUCHDOWN; Koga Melodies/Hattori Melodies, incredibly good remastering from the analog originals in this collection.
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GREAT NEWS FOR COLLECTORS 8/18/2014- Our beloved CD's below continue to be available! It is possible that they will run out of stock on any particular CD, but none of these are on a "cut-out" status - so it might take a couple months to receive a few titles - but Collectables will order more! Kudos to Collectables, and thanks to Joe Buesgen. I do hope to upgrade album art so that if you are trying to decide on a particular album you can perhaps see it better, the thumbnails below are pretty small. In most cases, the discography on Alan Bunting's site is most helpful in seeing the original album cover art.
"Easy Listening Classics" has been deleted, there never was a Lp album with this title, (a compilation reissue from the CD era) rather it was a lot of tracks from the EP "Magic Voices."
view some original cover art that predates what you see in the current reissues - plus a couple albums from Japan - Music Of Christmas, Continental Music, Romantic Music, Music Until Midnight, Kismet, Music from Hollywood, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Hattori Melodies, and The Crystal Sound Orchestra (explanation on that page). Here's an alternate cover to Hattori Melodies
(special note for those unfortunate enough to be running Internet Exploder, especially 11, TURN ON COMPATIBILITY MODE for this ancient website (tools/compatibility mode settings) else the list below will be munged; in ways that only Microsoft could make happen. "Everyone knows" Frontpage generates terrible code. So what? Rather than fix it with their overflowing coffers, it was dropped. Enjoy Windows 8? By the way, the replacement for Frontpage (Expressions Web Designer and other programs) have all been killed. The web is now the domain of the advertiser, the wealthy commercial sites we all enjoy so much with those wonderful ads and pop-ups). I contacted Apple and they "have no plans" to put out a web authoring tool either... Keep in mind that Frontpage 2003 is a part of the EVIL Office 2003 that Microsoft has dropped all support for including security updates, and implores you to get the Latest and Greatest, the subscription models especially, of Office 2013. I've spent quality time cleaning up the garbage code of Frontpage, but this whole website is about content, not how goddamn fast it is or how fancy the graphics are!
The Collectables series - www.oldies.com
Collectables forgot the liner notes on the below mentioned album titles (and a few others as well); click on the title to read them!
Dolly (Mary) Faith, Percy's widow, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 1997. Here are some PHOTOS I took at the Faith home in 1991, including one or two of Mrs. Faith. Then here are a few more PHOTOS (including Toshiaki Sato) and finally - photos of two sheet music covers
a formal black&white picture of Percy Faith
a picture of Percy Faith and Bill (taken March 23, 1974 at the WMAL radio studios on Jenifer Street in NW Washington, DC, me with long hair/sideburns but I was about 21 and hated haircuts!)
a picture of Percy Faith, Sergeant Harry Gleeson (USAF Band) and Tom Gauger (studios of WMAL Radio, Saturday March 23, 1974)
Bill (high school, photo taken at an elementary school, taping THE COMMODORES (US Navy Stage Band) circa 1971; HS teacher loaned the tape to someone and it was never seen again. You can only see the back of my head seated in front of the tape recorder. It was a great recording of a great band, and some unknown Washingtonian has the tape, who shouldn't...
The WMAL studio pictures were taken the day before a concert with Percy Faith as guest conductor of the USAF Concert Band with the Singing Sergeants at DAR Constitution Hall the following day (Sunday, March 24, 1974). I don't have the entire concert, but have posted the few songs Percy conducted - with NO STRINGS.Here are some "nostalgic" photos/reviews taken from a 1955 concert tour Percy did with Tony Bennett. The very page with the most Percy Faith information, and his picture, was torn out, but it's still very interesting!
Rather too shy to write to Percy Faith I initially composed a letter (didn't keep a copy) to Irving Townsend, here is Faith's response!
Percy Faith's own listings of his arrangements - these files are NOT searchable:
•Album Listing • Orchestral Numbers •Vocals
Same Listings but SEARCHABLE (larger downloads) thanks to Alan Bunting for creating searchable .pdf's from my originals; makes looking to see "did Percy arrange and/or compose ___ song" EASY!
ALAN BUNTING's website http://pelstream.co.uk is the ultimate Faith resource with a complete discography (something you won't find here!) and much more for the collector. Alan has a tremendous discography complete with cover art and the various catalog numbers applied over the decades. Alan has assembled a magnificent reference, where my "pre-PC and mainframe computer" efforts a few years before were very crude.
http://www.duttonvocalion.com/ - the great LONDON records on CD!
These are wonderful recordings from London/Decca that we have all loved - Ronnie Aldrich and his "twin pianos" (well, not really twin pianos but some good twin-tracking and pan-potting), Stanley Black, Frank Chacksfield, etc... Many of the recordings have been perfectly remastered and reissued through Michael Dutton's website and it is must reading for mood musicians. Here you will find the great London Phase 4 records. Please check out your favorite artists from London Records (Decca in the UK) here!
Here you will find a LOT of great music in a wide range of interests and going waaay back in time. Well worth a visit... please stop by! Robert Farnon records, even (gasp) Mantovani... there's a lot of great music here.
The ROBERT FARNON Society web page - Visit http://www.rfsoc.freeserve.co.uk to read about/join the Society, that has done a magnificent job of maintaining, through the years, a keen interest in "our" type of music.
RAY CONNIFF The late Ray Conniff has two tremendous websites and publications, click here and below for details!
Doug Mitchell's site: http://www.rayconniff.info/
Manfred Thonicke's RAY CONNIFF web page: http://www.thoenicke.homepage.t-online.de/rayconniff/index.htm
CD's of vintage music www.deltamusic.co.uk
THE JOY BOYS: Washington DC's long-running, perfect example of how great live radio could be - and now Robert Bybee has a website devoted to their on-air antics. There's been nothing on the air for us "geezers" for a long time. Some people had their tapes rolling, and on the Joy Boys site, you'll hear some clips of "live radio" gems. By all means please drop by http://www.thejoyboys.com and enjoy some sounds of two of the most talented gentlemen of the airwaves.
Speaking of Washington, DC, I was born there, though my first trip home at two weeks of age was to the Maryland suburbs of DC. Through the web I can relive the local and national television shows that served as light education and a lot of just plain fascination as a kid - heck, gosh, gee, everyone remembers Bozo The Clown, right? Can you say WILLARD SCOTT??? Many of the shows and themes depicted here are local to the Washington area. What's very interesting relating to music, is that we've found that a couple of the tremendously popular shows used Percy Faith themes (Countdown Carnival used "Little Bells and Big Bells" - Captain Tugg used Faith's arrangement of "Bluebell" - and we just found out that Mitch Miller did the music for the "Ranger Hal" program. Visit Bob Bell's site and see the shows we watched as brats I mean perfect children in the 50's and 60's!!! http://kidshow.dcmemories.com/. Bob's site will bring back childhood memories of the television shows that some of our group of "aging boomers" grew up on - with a special emphasis, of course, on those shows from the Washington, DC television stations aimed at the kiddies
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Historical music/films are for historical purposes only, provided by Percy's late daughter Marilyn and her children to remember PERCY FAITH's wonderful music and the hallmarks of his career.
Many thanks for all the support and kind wishes over the years.