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Percy Faith and The Pause That Refreshes


Orchestra conductor Percy Faith was born in April, 1908 in Toronto, Canada. He studied the violin and piano. As a teenager he found part time work playing musical accompaniment for silent movies in the Toronto area. He went on to study at the Toronto Music Conservatory and became an arranger for many area orchestras. Later he moved into radio and when he was in his early thirties Faith was appointed conductor and staff arranger for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He had a radio program under his own name, and had many listeners in the United States. CKCL Radio (Simpson’s Opera Hour). In 1940 he came to California where American radio offered him more opportunities. Among his early American radio series were The Contented Hour sponsored by Carnation condensed milk.

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The Carnation program was heard on Monday evenings on the NBC radio network through most of the nineteen forties and starred vocalists such as Buddy Clark and Dinah Shore. Faith also conducted the orchestra for the Coca Cola show called The Pause That Refreshes which also featured vocalists Ginny Simms and Jane Froman in 1948. From these broadcasts we are playing several transcriptions on the RADIOthen MUSIC channel.

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