|By BankHouseDave (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 09:45 am:|
Not by any stretch of the imagination a soul singer, Adam Faith, who has just died of a heart attack at the age of 62, was a pioneer of the British pop scene. His appearances on BBC shows such as Drumbeat and Six-Five Special in the very early sixties with John Barry, Joe Brown and Vince Eager, established the whole scene in the UK, not only greatly influencing the pop market but also leading to shows like Top of the Pops and Ready Steady Go - the last of which gave Motown its big boost on the British market.
Adam went on to success as an actor. His 'Budgie' TV series about a small-time crook was very popular in the late 60s/early 70s (he also sang the theme song). He discovered and managed Leo Sayer and has recently been acting on the stage.
I was saddened to hear of his death - especially at such a young age.
|By Ritchie (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 10:03 am:|
This is sad news. I met Adam - "Tel" to his friends in the seventies, and found him always to be an an intelligent and thoughtful man.
Terry Nelhams started out in a skiffle group called the Worried Men, while working at the Rank film studios. Discovered at the famous 2 I's coffee bar, he was persuaded by producer Jack Good to turn solo. After a number of hits, he quit the music business to become an actor, and proved a success at this too. Perhaps not one of the "giants" of British pop history talent-wise, but he was a major star and popular entertainer, and will be missed by many.
|By Vandelron (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 07:32 pm:|
Very sad. I remeber liking his AMerican hit but forget the name-???????
|By Mark Speck (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 04:44 pm:|
His US hit was "It's Alright", licensed by Amy Records and released here in 1964.
I am surprised and saddened to learn of his passing. I've only heard "It's Alright" and hope to hear more of his songs.
|By BankHouseDave (184.108.40.206) on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 04:53 pm:|
Big Uk hits included 'What do you want if you don't want money?' and 'Someone else's baby'.
His way of pronouncing 'ba-by' was his trademark.
Most of his arrangements were by John Barry, famous as the arranger/composer on the James Bond movies, who also did Nilsson's 'Midnight Cowboy' song 'Everyobody's talking at me' and Louis Armstrong's 'We have all the time in the world.'
|By john dixon (220.127.116.11) on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 05:25 pm:|
Dave, John Barry wrote the theme and score for 'Midnight Cowboy' but the songwriter of "Everybody's Talkin'" was folksinger Fred Neil.