TERENCE "TERRY" 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. He became the first UK artist to lodge his initial seven hits in the Top 5 . He was also one of the first UK acts to record original songs regularly.
* 1 Early life and education * 2 Music career * 3 Film and television career * 4 Later years and death
* 5 Discography
* 5.1 Singles * 5.2 Albums * 5.3 EPs * 5.4 Compilation albums * 5.5 US singles * 5.6 US albums
* 6 References * 7 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Terence Nelhams-Wright was born at 4 Churchfield Road , Acton , 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 . The third in a family of five children, Nelhams grew up in a council house in a working class area of London, where he attended John Perryn Junior School. He started work at 12, delivering and selling newspapers while still at school. His first full-time job was odd-job boy for a silk screen printer .
Faith became one of Britain's significant early pop stars . At the time, he was distinctive for his hiccupping glottal stops and exaggerated pronunciation. He did not write his own material, and much of his early success was through partnership with songwriters Les Vandyke and John Barry , whose arrangements were inspired by the pizzicato arrangements for Buddy Holly 's "It Doesn\'t Matter Anymore ".
Faith began his musical career in 1957, while working as a film
cutter in London in the hope of becoming an actor, singing with and
managing a skiffle group, the Worried Men. The group played in Soho
coffee bars after work, and became the resident band at the 2i\'s
Coffee Bar , where they appeared on the
BBC Television live music
Six-Five Special . The producer, Jack Good , was impressed
by the singer and arranged a solo recording contract with
His debut record "(Got a) Heartsick Feeling" and "Brother Heartache
and Sister Tears", in January 1958, failed to make the charts . Good
gave him a part in the stage show of Six-Five Special, along with the
John Barry Seven but the show folded after four performances. His
second release later that year was a cover of
Jerry Lee Lewis 's "High
School Confidential", backed with the
Faith returned to work as a film cutter at National Studios at
Despite the failure, Faith was becoming popular through television appearances. He became an actor by taking drama and elocution lessons, and appeared in the film Beat Girl . The script called for Faith to sing songs and as Barry was arranging Faith's recordings and live Drumbeat material, the film company asked him to write the score . This was the beginning of Barry's career in film music.
Faith's success on Drumbeat enabled another recording contract, with Parlophone . His next record in 1959, " What Do You Want? ", written by Les Vandyke and produced by Barry and John Burgess, received good reviews in the NME and other papers, as well as being voted a hit on Juke Box Jury . This became his first number one hit in the UK Singles Chart , and his pronunciation of the word 'baby' as 'bay-beh' became a catchphrase .
"What Do You Want?" was the first number one hit for Parlophone, Faith the only pop act on the label.
With songs like "Poor Me " (another chart topper ), "Someone Else's Baby" (a UK No. 2) and "Don't That Beat All", he established himself as a rival to Cliff Richard in British popular music .
A UK variety tour was followed by a 12-week season at Blackpool Hippodrome and an appearance on the Royal Variety Show .
His next release was a double A-side single, "Made You"/"When Johnny Comes Marching Home". Both made the Top Ten , despite a BBC ban for "Made You" for 'a lewd and salacious lyric'. His 1960 novelty record "Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop"), to coincide with his Christmas pantomime, gained a silver disc .
His début album Adam was released on 4 November 1960 to critical acclaim for the inventiveness of Barry's arrangements and Faith's own performances. The material ranged from standards such as "Summertime ", "Hit The Road to Dreamland" and "Singin\' in the Rain " to more contemporary songs, such as Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 's "I'm a Man", Johnny Worth 's "Fare Thee Well My Pretty Maid", and Howard Guyton's "Wonderful Time".
Still 20 and living with his parents, he bought a house in Hampton Court for £6,000, where he moved with his family from their house in Acton. In December 1960, he became the first pop artist to appear on the TV interview series Face to Face with John Freeman .
Faith made six further albums and 35 singles, with a total of 24 chart entries, of which 11 made the UK Top Ten, including his two No. 1's. Ten of the eleven singles that made the Top Ten actually also made the Top Five. Faith managed to lodge twenty consecutive single releases on the UK Singles Chart , starting with "What Do You Want?" in November 1959 and culminating with "I Love Being in Love With You" in mid-1964; this was quite a feat for a British artist of Faith's era.
Faith's last Top Ten hit in the UK (in October 1963) was "The First Time" (UK No. 5), which was also his first single with his backing group in 1963 and 1964, The Roulettes , acquired to give Faith's music a harder 'beat group' edge more in keeping with the Merseybeat sound at that time sweeping the British charts. His 1974 single "I Survive" made the Top 30 of the "Capital Countdown" on London's Capital Radio.
Benefitting from the enthusiasm of American audiences for all artists British at the height of the British Invasion in 1964-65, Faith managed to register one single in the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 , "It's Alright" (which was not released as a single in his native UK).
FILM AND TELEVISION CAREER
In 1961, Faith made
What a Whopper , with
Sid James , Spike Milligan
Wilfrid Brambell ,
Carole Lesley and others well known at the time.
A film about a writer, a group of Englishmen and the Loch Ness
"monster", it was written by
Terry Nation , and had music by John
Barry; Faith sang the title song and "The Time Has Come". Faith's teen
pop became less popular in the mid-1960s in competition with the
Beatles . After a final single in 1968 he parted company with
In the 1970s, he went into music management, managing
Leo Sayer among
others. Sayer claimed in an interview with British newspaper The Daily
Telegraph that "He handled everything for me, but although he was a
very good mentor, he was less trustworthy with my money. In the end,
He starred as the eponymous hero in the 1970s television series
Budgie (LWT /ITV), about an ex-convict, but his career declined after
a motor car accident in which he almost lost a leg. He restarted with
a role as the manipulative manager of rock star
He played the role of James Crane in the 1985 TV movie Minder on the Orient Express – part of the Minder franchise.
From 1992 to 1994, he appeared in another TV series, Love Hurts , starring with Zoë Wanamaker , and in 2002 he appeared in the BBC series The House That Jack Built. In 2003, he appeared in an episode of Murder in Mind .
LATER YEARS AND DEATH
Faith married Jackie Irving in 1967 and they had one daughter, Katya Faith, who became a television producer.
By the 1980s, Faith had become an investor and financial adviser. In
1986, he was hired as a financial journalist by the
Daily Mail and its
The Mail on Sunday
In 1986, Faith had open heart surgery . In 2003, he became ill after
his evening stage performance in the touring production of Love and
YEAR TITLE UK
1958 "(Got A) Heartsick Feeling" b/w "Brother Heartache and Sister Tears" –
1958 "Country Music Holiday" b/w "High School Confidential" –
1959 "Ah, Poor Little Baby!" b/w "Runk Bunk" –
1959 " What Do You Want? " b/w "From Now Until Forever" 1
1960 "Poor Me " b/w "The Reason" 1
1960 "Someone Else's Baby" b/w "Big Time" 2
1960 " When Johnny Comes Marching Home " / "Made You" 5 flip
1960 "How About That!" b/w "With Open Arms" 4
1960 "Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop)" b/w "Greenfinger" 4
1961 "Who Am I!" / "This Is It" 5 flip
1961 "Easy Going Me" b/w "Wonderin'" 12
1961 "Don't You Know It?" b/w "My Last Wish" 12
1961 "The Time Has Come" b/w "A Help-Each-Other Romance" 4
1962 "Lonesome" b/w "Watch Your Step" 12
1962 "As You Like It" b/w "Face To Face" 5
1962 "Don't That Beat All" b/w "Mix Me A Person" 8
1962 "Baby Take A Bow" b/w "Knocking On Wood" 22
1963 "What Now" b/w "What Have I Got" 31
1963 "Walkin' Tall" b/w "Just Mention My Name" 23
1963 "The First Time" b/w "So Long Baby" 5
1963 "We Are In Love" b/w "Made For Me" 11
"If He Tells You"
1964 "I Love Being In Love With You" b/w "It's Alright" 33
1964 "Only One Such As You" b/w "I Just Don't Know" –
1964 "A Message to Martha (Kentucky Bluebird) " b/w "It Sounds Good To Me" 12
1965 "Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself" b/w "I've Gotta See My Baby" 23
"Hand Me Down Things"
1965 "Someone's Taken Maria Away" b/w "I Can't Think Of Anyone Else" 34
1965 "I Don't Need That Kind Of Lovin'" b/w "I'm Used To Losing You" –
1966 "Idle Gossip" b/w "If You Ever Need Me" –
1966 "To Make A Big Man Cry" b/w "Here's Another Day" –
1966 "Cheryl's Going Home" b/w "A Funny Kind Of Love" 46
1967 "What More Can Anyone Do" b/w "You've Got A Way With Me" –
1967 " Cowman, Milk Your Cow " b/w "Daddy, What'll Happen To Me" –
1967 "To Hell With Love" b/w "Close The Door" –
1968 "You Make My Life Worth While" b/w "Hey Little Lovin' Girl" –
1974 "I Survived" b/w "In Your Life" 51
1974 "Maybe" b/w "Star Song" –
1975 "Strung Out Again" b/w "Steppin' Stone" –
"Stuck In The Middle With You"
* Adam (
Parlophone ) (1960) – UK Number 6
Beat Girl (film soundtrack) (Columbia ) (1961) – UK Number 11
The Time Has Come (Vandyke ), Watch Your Step (Parker ), I've Just Fallen for Someone (Askew) and I'm Coming Home (Johnson-Rado). Produced and conducted by John Barry 1961
All These Things (Vandyke), It's All Over Now (Whyton), Second Time (Vandyke), Come To Me (Cenci-Carr), If I Had a Hammer (Hays -Seeger , I'm Going To Love you Too (Mauldin-Sullivan-Petty). Produced and conducted by John Barry 1961
* The Best of
* "What Do You Want?" / "From Now Until Forever" (Cub 9061)
* "Poor Me" / "The Reason" (Cub 9068)
* "I Did What You Told Me" / "Johnny Comes Marching Home" (Cub 9074)
* "Don't That Beat All" / "Mix Me A Person" (Dot 16405)
* "So Long, Baby" / "The First Time" (Amy 895)
* "We Are in Love" / "What Now?" (Amy 899)
* "It's Alright" / "I Just Don't Know" (Amy 913) (No. 31)
* England's Top Singer (MGM E/SE 3951)
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