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Percy Faith ( Toronto ( Ontario ), April 7 1908 - Encino ( California ), February 9 1976 ) was an American composer and conductor of Canadian origin.

Faith received his musical education at the Conservatory of Toronto. Initially he played the piano but, after his hands were seriously injured in a fire he could no longer play the piano, and then devoted himself to the conduct . From 1931 he had his own band and was head arranger for the CBC , for whom he conducted until 1940, numerous live concerts of 1938 for the radio. In 1940 emigrated to the U.S. and he became an American citizen in 1945. He recorded for the Voice of America . After becoming a short period of Decca Records had worked, he came for Mitch Miller at Columbia Records under contract.

He was a representative of the easy listening music with which he scored three number one hits: Delicado (1952), Theme from Moulin Rouge (1953) and Theme from A Summer Place (1959). He also wrote many film scores.

Faith died at age 69 from the effects of cancer and is buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City .

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  • Love Me or Leave Me (1955), which he took an Oscar nomination in 1956.
  • Tammy Tell Me True (1961)
  • I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)
  • The Love Goddesses (1964)
  • The Third Day , (1965)
  • Tammy Tell Me True
  • The Oscar
  • The Virginian , television series (title music)

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