January 02, 2012

Percy Faith - Theme from a Summer Place (1960)

This man went from playing violin and piano to conducting after his hands were badly burnt in a fire. He has the honor of being credited with the creation of “easy listening” and “mood music,” which he achieved by increasing the size of his band’s string section and balancing out the heavy brass section which was heavily favored by others at the time.

This song, which originally had lyrics, was written for the film A Summer Place. This particular version heard below used no lyrics and went to number one in the US for nine weeks, a record still held today for an instrumental song. It reached number two in the UK and number one in Italy.

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Percy Faith - Theme from A Summer Place (1960)

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