LP0266. THE ROAD TO HONG KONG, 1962 Soundtrack, w.Robert Farnon Cond. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins, Dorothy Lamour. Liberty stereo LOS-17002.
“The Canadian-born composer, arranger and conductor Robert Farnon was nicknamed ‘the guv'nor’ by Frank Sinatra in 1962, when the two men first came together in London to work on an album. It summed up the fact that Farnon's name was synonymous with the highest standards of craftsmanship.
Farnon was born into an unusually musical family in Toronto. His father, a clothier by trade, also played the violin; his mother and sister were pianists; his elder brother, Brian, played in a jazz band, and his younger brother, Dennis, also a fine musician, later wrote scores for the Mr Magoo cartoon character.
Farnon himself learned the violin and the piano, but it was percussion that really took his fancy, and he made such progress that he was able to perform with the Toronto Juvenile Symphony Orchestra when only 12. Thereafter, he spent three years as a drummer in his brother's band, and learned to play the cornet. In 1936, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as first trumpet for the Percy Faith Orchestra, writing arrangements and producing scores for Paul Whiteman and André Kostelanetz.
In 1991, Farnon received his fourth Ivor Novello award, to acknowledge his outstanding services to British music. In 1995, he won a Grammy for best instrumental arrangement, for his version of Dimitri Tiomkin's WILD IS THE WIND. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1998.”
- Tim McDonald, THE GUARDIAN, 25 April, 2005