June 30, 2012
If anyone can take credit for inventing the Easy Listening sound, it is probably Percy Faith (1908-1976). He used a big band foundation but substituted the brass section with lush strings.
The Song From Moulin Rouge was taken from the movie of the same name and topped all three BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Single Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 5/16/53 – 10 weeks at #1.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 5/16/53 – 8 weeks at #1.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 5/23/53 – 6 weeks at number one.
It was the number one song of 1953 which leads to a trivia question and answer. Percy Faith and Elvis Presley are the only artists to have the number one song of the year two times. Pretty good company for the old easy listening artist.
May 20, 2012
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.