Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Percy Faith and his Orchestra--The Theme from "A Summer Place" (1960)

    The movie, "A Summer Place" was a 1959 movie starring Richard Egan, Dorthy McGuire, Troy Donahue, and Sandra Dee. You can go other place to read about the actual movie, but it did well at the box office, somewhat spurred on by the two youthful actors in the film. It was also known today for one of the songs used. The "theme" as it's named is not actually the main song from the movie, but a love song used for Johnny and Molly (Donahue and Dee)
     Percy Faith was a Canadian born bandleader spent much of the early 50's writing and arraigning for many of the major pop singers of the day, such as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Doris Day. His "Percy Faith Orchestra" recorded many albums full of orchestral versions of pop songs as well as music from the stage and screen. His music filled the pop charts all through the 1950's and early 60's, and even continued to make it on the Adult Contemporary charts into the mid-70's.
     "Theme from A Summer Place" became his 7th top ten hit and third number one (the other two being 'Delicado' (1952), and 'Song from Moulin Rouge' (1953)). He also got an Oscar nomination for composing the score to the Doris Day film, "Love me or Leave Me", and did some work in television, writing the theme to the The Virginian. However...over 50 years later, this song is still reognizable by generations of music fans even if very few know who performed it.


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