First Picture: The EP shown was issued in 1962 as the third volume in a series that began in 1960, with his first EP release "Adam's Hit Parade"
Second Picture: Valentine cards from the 1960’s .
Terence Nelhams, Adam Faith was born on 23rd June 1940 in Acton and died on 8th March 2003 in Stoke-on-Trent. During the British "coffee bar" pop music phenomenon of the late 1950s two artists reigned supreme one was Cliff Richard and Adam Faith was the other.
While Cliff has shown astonishing staying power the young Adam Faith had a run of hit records in a comparatively short time before he retired from singing. In the 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 only two minutes; both featured the strings of John Barry's orchestra, both were written by Les Vandyke (alias Johnny Worth) and both featured the unique delivery with the word, "baby" pronounced "bybeee" which became Adam Faith's early "gimmick"
"Poor Me" is also notable because the John Barry arrangement contains an early indication hidden in the background of the "James Bond Theme". For a time Adam Faiths’ continued success rivaled that of Cliff Richard and in a short period of time he appeared in three films, Beat Girl, Never Let Go and What A Whopper!, and made a surprisingly confident appearance on BBC TV in December 1960, being interviewed by John Freeman in the serious programme Face To Face. Many adults were shocked to find that, during this conversation, he admitted to having pre-marital sex and also owned up to listening to Sibelius and Dvorak. His career continued until the dawn of the Beatles and in the meantime songwriter Chris Andrews fed him with a second wave of infectious beat group hits, most notably "The First Time" and "We Are In Love". By the mid-60s the requests for him to appear became less and less and he eventually gave up singing and went into repertory theatre and in 1971 became an acting star in the UK television series Budgie.
He survived a near fatal car crash in 1973 and released ‘I Survive’ a year later. Additionally he had moved into record production and had produced records for Roger Daltrey and Lonnie Donegan and was also managing Leo Sayer.
He continued his acting career and his two supporting actor roles in Stardust and McVicar brought him critical success. For a number of years he was a successful financial consultant, although in the 1990s he was persuaded to return to the stage with ‘Budgie’ and ‘Alfie’ and to UK television as Frank Carver in ‘Love Hurts’ and the situation comedy ‘The House That Jack Built.’
He became a partner in the ill-fated satellite venture The Money Channel and was bankrupted in 2001. He also continued to work on the perimeter of the musical world and his final album was released in 1993. While he readily admitted that his vocal range was limited, his contribution to popular music was significant in so far as he was the first British teenager to confront a hostile world of respectable parents and adults, and demonstrate that pop singers were not all "layabouts and boneheads".
In a long and varied career during which he wrote two autobiographies, he died of a heart attack in March 2003 just after appearing in a play in Stoke-on-Trent. His funeral was on 19th March, with a host of celebrities paying their respects.
The chapel at Kent and Sussex Crematorium in Tunbridge Wells, saw more than 100 friends and family, including his wife Jackie and daughter Katya, gather for the cremation. Unusually, a wicker coffin, covered in flowers, was used for the service. Adam's agent, Alan Field, explained the unusual choice. He said "Jackie wanted something different and a bit special. She heard about a firm in Somerset which made them, and she thought they were beautiful".
Celebrities including Zoe Wanamaker, Michael Parkinson, Leo Sayer, Sandie Shaw, and Roger Daltrey were present, as well as Max Clifford and Terry Venables. After the ceremony Michael Parkinson said: "It was not jolly, that would be the wrong thing to say, but we had a few laughs. It was a service of remembrance. " Roger Daltrey said: "I will miss him. He was a one off. He was a good mate." Terry Venables - who wrote the 1970s TV drama ‘Hazell’ said: "I've known him so long. We go back many years. It's such a shock. I spoke to him a few days before and he was fine, his usual self. A small group of his fans also attended his funeral.
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Steve Writes: Hi Peter, the lower age limit for a paper Boy/Girl was 13, possibly for insurance purposes? I worked from the newsagent on the Havant Road near the Sunshine Inn, the name of the shop eludes me now, was it Bryants?
My round could have been one of the longest, the opposite side of the Havant road going as far as Old Rectory road to the right. Then all along to the left to Farlington Ave, then right up to the lower part of the Naval Estate. I pushed my bike most of the way up delivering papers as I went. The ride down was great though, plus I had finished!
I delivered to Mr Jones our arts and craft Teacher, who also lived in Farlington Ave then.
Christmas was a treat as I had many good tips from some of the wealthier customers, all helped towards buying Christmas presents.
Regards to all, Steve
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It may just be a rumour, but it's been reported that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform along with digitized big screen images of George Harrison and John Lennon at the Hollywood Bowl next August 27. The event would benefit breast cancer and world peace charities.
On this day 20th February 1960-1965
On 20/02/1960the number one single was Why - Anthony Newley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was not listed and the box office smash was Some Like It Hot. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was EMI's last coarse-groove 78 rpm record was issued
On 20/02/1961the number one single was Are you Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 20/02/1962the number one single was The Young Ones - Cliff Richard & the Shadows and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was Unknown Sean Connery cast as 007 in Dr No.
On 20/02/1963the number one single was Diamonds - Jet Harris & Tony Meehan and the number one album was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was Liz Taylor films Cleopatra.
On 20/02/1964the number one single was Diane - Bachelors and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Steptoe & Son (BBC) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was Malcolm X visits Cassius Clay's training camp.
On 20/02/1965the number one single was Tired of Waiting For You - The Kinks and the number one album was Rolling Stones Number 2 - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.