Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Percy Faith

One of the founding fathers of easy listening, but not always the purveyor of pablum he's made out to be. Faith was a child prodigy on the piano, but his hopes for a career as a concert pianist ended when he injured his hands in a fire when he was 18. He switched to arranging and conducting, working in hotel and theater orchestras in Toronto and eventually landing his own radio show on CBC in 1938.

In 1940, Faith moved to Chicago and became a naturalized citizen a few years later. He moved to New York City and worked in radio for a while until he joined the A&R staff of Decca. By 1950, he was working for Mitch Miller at Columbia, who found Faith's rich but not overbearing string work perfect for the sound he was trying to cultivate. Faith began recording instrumentals under his own name in 1951 and soon had a #1 hit with his adaptation of a popular Brazilian song, “Delicado.” Faith had three #1 hits: “Delicado” in 1952; “Theme from 'Moulin Rouge'” in 1953, and “Theme from 'A Summer Place'” in 1960.

Read more

Albums

Premium Profiles

Norman David Norman David
saxophone
Suzanne Grzanna Suzanne Grzanna
sax, alto
Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
vocalist
Hilary Kole Hilary Kole
vocalist
Leigh Pilzer Leigh Pilzer
sax, baritone
Sal La Rocca Sal La Rocca
bass, acoustic
Karl Berger Karl Berger
band/orchestra
Dan Papirany Dan Papirany
piano
William Mentz William Mentz
vocalist
Danny Freyer Danny Freyer
vocalist

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.