Adam Faith

(1940—2003) singer and actor

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b. Terence Nelhams, 23 June 1940, Acton, London, England, d. 8 March 2003, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. During the British ‘coffee bar’ pop music phenomenon of the late 50s two artists reigned supreme: Cliff Richard and Adam Faith. While the former has shown astonishing staying power the young Faith had a remarkable run of hit records during the comparatively short time before he retired from singing. In seven years between 1959 and 1966 he made the UK chart 24 times. Both his UK chart-toppers, ‘What Do You Want?’ and ‘Poor Me’ lasted barely two minutes; both featured the infectious pizzicato strings of John Barry’s orchestra, both were written by Les Vandyke (alias Johnny Worth) and both featured the hiccupping delivery with the word, ‘baby’ pronounced ‘bybeee’. ‘Poor Me’ is also notable because the Barry arrangement contains an early glimmer of the ‘James Bond Theme’. This became Faith’s early ‘gimmick’.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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