POPULAR MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA
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 below 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
From 1965, here's a promotional record given to radio stations, a brief interview with Percy Faith. It had a script (which Marilyn couldn't find) - so it requires a little creativity while you listen. The DJ was to read from the script, play Percy's answers, sometimes play tunes from the album, then ask more questions. So without a script here is Percy talking to a radio DJ with a script; click here to listen. The segments usually had no "lead-in groove" so I did my best to put it together. Enjoy! (The .wma audio file may automagically download to your computer, I'm not sure why, but I've installed new software for digitizing audio and listening so it "may just be me." If it asks permission to download and won't stream, click OK and then listen to the file itself.) Next recorded interview is 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 and you'll probably recognize the one with Percy Faith, keep in mind that smoking was mandatory in the 50's and most of the 60's. OK, that's a lie, but it does seem to have been a really big part of the era, not a good thing perhaps by today's standards, we lost a lot of great people of the 20th century before we should have because of cigarettes... then again my grandfather smoked Chesterfields nonstop and lived a very long life.
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, three albums have vanished from Taragon, 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 put together a 2-CD set for 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 appears to no longer exist.
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
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 ofNICK 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!
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.
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. Some are Windows Media Audio/Video files, some are text, some are .pdf documents.
more articles and videos:
A Brief History of Beautiful Music Radio ©2009 Richard O'Connor (.pdf document)
The Orchestral Sound - and Popular Music for Orchestra by Richard O'Connor (txt)
#Alfred Holden, contributing editor to the Toronto Star, as well as to Taddle Creek magazine, should have always had this excellent article on my website. Being a terrible webmaster, I couldn't deal with the file format and pictures in simple-dimple Frontpage , whose editor made a mess of the article every time I did any editing of other pages. Now, firmly encapsulated in .pdf format I hope you'll enjoy reading this excellent article that was here, then at some point vanished - it wanted the picture files in the same folder and lots of other formatting problems. Thanks to Alan Bunting who provided it in Word format, I saved it as a .pdf document and it looks great.... and reads great. I have the Taddle Creek Magazine that originally carried the article in the Christmas, 2000 edition - I think. I'll be looking for it.
This almost-discontinued website baffles me with more interest than the Percy Faith Pages sometimes - where I've put in a zillion times more work! 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 (I don't remember the call letters). 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).
Check out Amazon.com,THE VIRGINIAN series is available on DVD. Percy Faith wrote the famous theme, but I can only account for about 2 1/2 episodes Percy scored from start to finish, and it's really difficult to listen and determine how much was "borrowed" from the pilot and used throughout season 1, and the Season 2 episode 1 isn't scored by Faith, I believe episode 3 is, however. I do have some of the raw "takes" from the pilot episode, fascinating listening. Percy Faith never recorded the theme played "straight" in stereo, but does have a "jazzed up" version included on the album CS 9009, The Love Goddesses, which includes the beautiful "Celia's Waltz" from the pilot - though in the television show scored with strings and flutes, and in this version the melody is often given to the saxophone (which Percy often did).
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.
Requests for a listing of deletions were ignored in 2013 (by Taragon and Collectables) so this list will be removed in 2014 and replaced with album photos only. If you encounter problems with the list being mangled use IE's "compatibility mode" or try another browser.
"Easy Listening Classics" has been deleted, there never was a Lp album with this title, 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. 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.
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 (me)
a picture of Percy Faith, Sergeant Harry Gleeson (USAF Band) and Tom Gauger (WMAL Radio)
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...
These pictures were taken March 23, 1974 at the WMAL radio studios on Jennifer Street in Washington, DC, 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).
Here are some "nostalgic" photos/reviews taken from a 1955 concert tour Percy did with Tony Bennett. Sadly, 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 ___ 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. My website is guilty of having "too many words."
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, DRM free, no cookies, no ads; please do let me know if they are of interest! The quality of the older films in particular cannot be improved, these are the originals, but please remember we used VHS (ugh) tape for many years and some films of Percy's were only kept as analog HI-8 or more frequently VHS. VHS was a terrible video format, but was the way recordable video reached most homes, in spite of the superior picture quality of Sony's Beta format, then the Pioneer Laserdisk and DVD's made both essentially vanish; now we have Sony-backed Blu Ray discs that offer the best pictures and audio but I keep reading that "streaming is good enough for most people." Sad.
Many thanks for all the support and kind wishes over the years.