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Adam Faith
Terence Nelhams-Wright (23 June 1940 – 8 March 2003), known as Adam Faith, was a British teen idol, singer, actor and financial journalist. He was one of the most charted acts of the 1960s.[1] He became the first UK artist to lodge his initial seven hits in the Top 5.[1] He was also one of the first UK acts to record original songs regularly.[1]Contents1 Early life and education 2 Music career 3 Film and television career 4 Later years and death 5 Discography5.1 Singles 5.2 Albums 5.3 EPs 5.4 Compilation albums 5.5 US singles 5.6 US albums6 References 7 External linksEarly life and education[edit] Terence Nelhams-Wright was born at 4 East Churchfield Road,[2] Acton, Middlesex
Middlesex
(now London), England. Known as Terry Nelhams, he was unaware his surname was Nelhams-Wright until he applied for a passport and obtained his birth certificate
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Acton, London
Acton (/ˈæktən/) is an area of West London, England, within the London Borough of Ealing
London Borough of Ealing
and London Borough of Hammersmith
Hammersmith
and Fulham. It is 6.1 miles (10 km) west of Charing Cross. It lies within the Historic County of Middlesex. At the 2011 census, its four wards, East Acton, Acton Central, South Acton and Southfield, had a population of 62,480, a ten-year increase of 8,791 people.[2] North Acton, West Acton, East Acton, South Acton, Acton Green, Acton Town, Acton Vale and Acton Central
Acton Central
are all parts of Acton. Acton means "oak farm" or "farm by oak trees", and is derived from the Old English
Old English
āc (oak) and tūn (farm).[3][4] Originally an ancient village, as London expanded, Acton was absorbed into the city
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Gramophone Record
A phonograph record (also known as a gramophone record, especially in British English, or record) is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove usually starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. At first, the discs were commonly made from shellac; starting in the 1950s polyvinyl chloride became common. In recent decades, records have sometimes been called vinyl records, or simply vinyl, although this would exclude most records made until after World War II. The phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction until late in the 20th century. It had co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and had effectively superseded it by around 1912. Records retained the largest market share even when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed
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Buddy Holly
Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression, and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, and he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in 1952, and the following year he formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend Bob Montgomery. In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, he decided to pursue a career in music. He opened for Presley three times that year; his band's style shifted from country and western to entirely rock and roll
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It Doesn't Matter Anymore
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" is a pop ballad written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The song reached number 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was Holly's last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it became the country's first posthumous number 1 hit. The song was recorded in mid-October 1958 in New York City. Paul Anka wrote it specifically for Holly. He donated his royalties from the song to Holly's wife. He said: "'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Holly's family
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Skiffle
Skiffle
Skiffle
is a music genre with jazz, blues, folk and American folk influences, usually using a combination of manufactured and homemade or improvised instruments
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Soho
SoHo, sometimes written Soho,[2] is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, which in recent history came to the public's attention for being the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries, but is now better known for its variety of shops ranging from trendy upscale boutiques to national and international chain store outlets. The area's history is an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration and gentrification, encompassing socioeconomic, cultural, political, and architectural developments.[3] The name "SoHo" refers to the area being "South of Houston Street", and was also a reference to Soho, an area in London's West End.[4] It was coined by Chester Rapkin,[5] an urban planner and author of The South Houston Industrial Area study,[6] also known as the "Rapkin Report"
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BBC Television
BBC
BBC
Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The corporation has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a royal charter since 1927
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Six-Five Special
The Six-Five Special
Special
was a British television programme launched in February 1957 when both television and rock and roll were in their infancy in Britain.Contents1 Description 2 Artists 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksDescription[edit] It was the BBC's first attempt at a rock and roll programme, an innovation and much imitated, even today. It was called Six-Five Special
Special
because of the time it was broadcast – it went out live at five past six on Saturday evening. It began immediately after the abolition of the Toddlers' Truce, which had seen television close between 6 and 7 pm so children could be put to bed. Jack Good was the original producer. Josephine Douglas and (initially) disc jockey Pete Murray were its presenters, with Murray using the catchphrase "Time to jive on the old six five". Its resident band was Don Lang and his Frantic Five
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Jack Good (producer)
Jack Good (7 August 1931 – 24 September 2017) was a British television producer, musical theatre producer, record producer, musician and painter of icons. As a television producer, he was responsible for the early popular music shows Six-Five Special, Oh Boy!, Wham! and Boy Meets Girls TV series, the first UK teenage music programmes. Good managed some of the UK's first rock and roll stars, including Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Jess Conrad and Cliff Richard.Contents1 Early years 2 Independent Television 3 Shindig! 4 Music and musical theatre 5 Art 6 Death 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External linksEarly years[edit] Good was born in Greenford, London. He joined the BBC on the magazine-format show Six-Five Special.[1] He wanted music and a lot of movement. To get his way, Good had sets built, but shortly before the show started, they were wheeled out of the way, and he filled the space with the milling audience and performers
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Recording Contract
A recording contract (commonly called a record contract or record deal) is a legal agreement between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote. Artists under contract are normally only allowed to record for that label exclusively; guest appearances on other artists' records will carry a notice "By courtesy of (the name of the label)", and that label may receive a percentage of sales.Contents1 Copyrights, payment and royalties 2 Termination 3 See also 4 References 5 BibliographyCopyrights, payment and royalties[edit] Labels typically own the copyright in the records their artists make, and also the master copies of those records. An exception is when a label makes a distribution deal with an artist; in this case, the artist, their manager, or another party may own the copyright (and masters), while the record is licensed exclusively to the label for a set period of time
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Cover Version
In popular music, a cover version, cover song, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song. Before the onset of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, songs were published and several records of a song might be brought out by singers of the day, each giving it their individual treatment
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Celebrity
Celebrity
Celebrity
refers to the fame and public attention accorded by the mass media to individuals or groups or, occasionally, animals, but is usually applied to the persons or groups of people (celebrity couples, families, etc.) themselves who receive such a status of fame and attention. Celebrity
Celebrity
status is often associated with wealth (commonly referred to as fame and fortune), while fame often provides opportunities to earn revenue. Successful careers in sports and entertainment are commonly associated with celebrity status,[1][2] while political leaders often become celebrities
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Jerry Lee Lewis
The Killer The KingBorn (1935-09-29) September 29, 1935 (age 82) Ferriday, Louisiana, U.S.GenresRock and roll[1] rockabilly[2] country[3] gospel[4] honky-tonk[4] blues[2]Occupation(s)Singer pianist musician songwriter actorInstrumentsVocals piano guitarYears active 1954–presentLabelsSun Smash Mercury Sire Warner Bros MCAAssociated acts Johnny Cash Elvis Presley Carl Perkins Conway Twitty Mickey Gilley Roy OrbisonWebsite jerryleerocks.com Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis
(born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first great wild man."[5] A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1956 at Sun Records
Sun Records
in Memphis
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Burt Bacharach
Burt Freeman Bacharach (/ˈbækəræk/ BAK-ə-rak; born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer who has composed hundreds of popular hit songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist Hal David. A six-time Grammy Award
Grammy Award
winner and three-time Academy Award winner, Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists.[4] As of 2014[update], he had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits.[5] He is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century popular music.[6] His music is characterized by unusual chord progressions, influenced by his background in jazz harmony, and uncommon selections of instruments for small orchestras
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Hal David
Harold Lane "Hal" David (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
and his association with Dionne Warwick.Contents1 Life and career 2 Achievements 3 Work on Broadway 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksLife and career[edit] David was born in New York City, a son of Austrian Jewish immigrants Lina (née Goldberg) and Gedalier David, who owned a delicatessen in Brooklyn, and younger brother of American lyricist and songwriter Mack David.[2][3] He is credited with popular music lyrics, beginning in the 1940s with material written for bandleader Sammy Kaye
Sammy Kaye
and for Guy Lombardo
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