New series 1/3. Producer/arranger Richard Niles celebrates the influential easy-listening recordings of Toronto-born orchestra leader and arranger Percy Faith (1908-76), who provided a smooth backdrop for artists such as Tony Bennett ,
Rosemary Clooney , Doris Day and Johnny Mathis , but remains best known for the huge 1960 US/UK hit The Theme from A Summer
Place - a soaring high-stringed instrumental that exemplifies the breezy cocktail-accompaniment sound that was often the musical equivalent of an anaesthetic. The genre defined the ambience of dentist offices and department store lifts before finding favour among hip young and ironic listeners in the late 1980s. Taken from the score of a 1959 film with Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee , the single spent nine weeks at the top in America, and is discussed tonight by established arrangers
Nick fngman and John Altman and the Feeling's bassist Rich Jones , while KT Tunstall hears a Percy Faith-style version of her Suddenly I See. Producer Elizabeth Clark
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