The Austrian-born American music Composer, Max Steiner
composed over 300 film scores with RKO Pictures and Warner Bros., and was nominated for 24 Academy Awards, winning three: The Informer (1935); Now, Voyager(1942); and Since You Went Away (1944). Besides his Oscar-winning scores, some of Steiner’s popular works include King Kong(1933), Little Women (1933), Jezebel (1938), and Casablanca (1942), though he did not compose its love theme, “As Time Goes By”.
In addition, Steiner scored The Searchers (1956), A Summer Place (1959), and Gone with the Wind (1939), which ranked second on the AFI’s list of best American film scores, and is the film score for which he is best known.
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Percy Faith recorded the most popular version of the tune, which spent an at-the-time record of nine consecutive weeks at number one on the still-young Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1960.
It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of the chart. It reached number two in the UK. It hit number one in Italy under the title “Scandalo Al Sole”.
Faith won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961 for his recording. This was the first movie theme and the first instrumental to win a Record of the Year Grammy.
Faith re-recorded the song twice first, in 1969, as a female choral version, then, in 1976, as a disco version titled “Summer Place 76”.
In 2008, Faith’s original version was ranked at number eighteen on Billboard’s top 100 songs during the first fifty years of the Hot 100 chart.