Percy Faith, 1908-1976, may not have invented easy listening music but he was there at the beginning. He came out of the big band era but substituted strings as the lead instruments instead of the brass, which gave it a very different sound. He sold tens-of-millions of albums in the 1950s and 1960s, right in the middle of the rock ‘n’ roll era.
During 1952, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE had three different pop charts. “Delicado” by Percy Faith managed to top the “Best Sellers In Stores Chart for one week. It may not have been a big number one hit but it reached number one nonetheless.
It was only a warm-up for Faith as he hadn’t really perfected his sound. When he did, he would produce two of the biggest selling and highest charting instrumental singles in American music history.