Adam Faith the ‘Golden Boy’ came very close to setting a pop music chart world record in mid 1960, when trying for three number No. 1 hits in a row with successive single releases. He only missed out by a slender 1 point margin with the third of the releases.
Adam’s meteoric rise to pop stardom began in late 1959 when his first recording for Parlophone ‘What Do You Want?’ rocketed to the number 1 spot soon after release. Early in 1960 the follow up ‘Poor Me’ arrived at the number 1 slot. Just a couple of months later ‘Someone Else’s Baby’ narrowly missed completing the hat -trick and settled in the number 2 position for several weeks. It wasn’t long after in mid June that Adam was climbing the charts again, this time with a beat version of an oldie ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ which became another top 5 hit. At its peak ‘What Do You Want?’ was selling 50,000 a day on its way to the top spot.
Success in the pop music field wasn’t Adam’s only claim to fame - an appearance in AR-TV’s No Hiding Place in 1959 attracted attention from film producers and his capabilities were showcased in two major movies - Beat Girl (in which he sang ‘Made You’) and the tough, brutal Never Let Go (in which he sang ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ over the opening credits).
Praised by critics and making an appearance in front of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Variety Show earlier in the year.
Adam was quick to share his glory with two other artists who greatly aided his rise to prominence - musical director John Barry, who created the pizzicato strings backing and writes all of Adam’s arrangements, and singer Johnny Worth, who penned his first three hits. Over a very short period this winning formula had established Adam as a leading figure on the 60s pop music scene.
His first LP ‘Adam’ was a collection of 12 new songs and was also available as three wonerful four-track EPs. Adam sang with a 25-piece orchestra on ‘Wonderful Time’. He had won a legion of fans that were not just made up entirely of young people, parents liked him as well. Christened Terence Nelhams, his father was a coach driver and there were no family connections with entertainment in his early days.
During the Skiffle boom, he formed a group called the Worried Men which led to a TV debut on Six Five Special. It was the producer of this show Jack Good, who advised him to change his name. Various attempts at finding musical fame had ended in frustration and he returned to a job as an assistant editor.
Asked to find a new singer for the ‘Drumbeat’ television series, John Barry found Adam working at Elstree studios, and later took him to Parlophone where their first session together was to produce ‘What Do You Want?’
These early EPs really showcased one of the biggest Pop stars of the sixties.
Tracks 1,2,3 - With accompaniment by John Barry / Tracks 4, 28 & 29 - with John Barry and his Orchestra
Tracks 5 - 16 / 26 & 27 Arranged and conducted by John Barry
Tracks 17 - 20. 23 & 24, 30 & 31 - With accompaniment directed by John Barry
Tracks 21 & 22 - Music by John Barry / Tracks 32 - 34 With Johnny Keating and his Orchestra