• Adam Faith

A page from an autograph album, signed with a biro by Adam Faith (1940-2003), one of Britain's biggest pop stars of the 1960s and the first UK artist to land his initial seven hits in the Top 5.

Born Terry Nelhams, in London, he 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 programme Six-Five Special. The producer, Jack Good, was impressed by the singer and arranged a solo recording contract with HMV under the name Adam Faith.  After a final single in 1968 he parted company with the pop scene and concentrated on acting. While a musician he had appeared in films such as Beat Girl (1960), Never Let Go, and television dramas such as the Rediffusion/ITV series, No Hiding Place but now he concentrated on repertory theatre. After a number of small parts, he was given a more substantial role in the play Night Must Fall, playing opposite Dame Sybil Thorndike. He starred as the eponymous hero in the 1970s television series Budgie (LWT/ITV), about an ex-convict, but his career declined after a motorcycle accident in which he almost lost a leg. He restarted with a role as the manipulative manager of rock star David Essex, in Stardust, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award. In 1980 he starred with Roger Daltrey in McVicar and appeared with Jodie Foster in Foxes. From 1992 to 1994, Faith appeared in another TV series, Love Hurts starring with ZoĆ« Wanamaker.

Adam Faith

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