Percy Faith

Percy Faith

Born on October 7, 1908 in Toronto, Canada, Percy Faith became a citizen of the United States in 1945 and provided arrangements for many of the pop singers of the 1950s, including Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis and Guy Mitchell, for whom he wrote the Hit Parade topper, “My Heart Cries For You.”

In 1952 his #1 best seller “Delicado,” a popular song from South America, introduced him as an international recording star, a year later he repeated with “Song From Moulin Rouge” known also as “Where Is Your Heart” and the international giant hit, “Theme for A Summer Place” that was also Grammy Award Record Of the Year in 1961.

During his career, Percy Faith recorded more than eighty best selling albums with “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet” earning him a second Grammy award in 1969. He also wrote several film scores, including the 1955 Oscar-nominated Doris Day classic, “Love Me Or Leave Me,” “Tammy, Tell Me True” and “The Oscar.”

On February 9, 1976, cancer claimed the life of Percy Faith at 67 years of age in Encino, California.

In 2011 Percy Faith was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.