BIG TIME: THE LIFE OF ADAM FAITH
by David Stafford & Caroline Stafford
Most pop stars’ fame used to end with their 25th birthday, but Adam Faith just kept on being interesting until the day he died aged 62. Born Terry Nelhams in working-class Acton, he defined post-war aspiration. Though his vocal talents were limited, he enjoyed an unprecedented run of seven top five hits. His chiselled features were a gift to TV (then a new medium), fans swooned each time he smiled, heavyweight journalists saw him as the ‘Spokesman for British Youth’ and his sexual adventures were the stuff of legend. When The Beatles rendered his style of pop obsolete, Adam turned TV actor.
As Budgie, the hapless Soho chancer, he played the character he might have become in life had it not been for his steely ambition and boundless energy.
He reinvented himself again as a manager, famously guiding Leo Sayer to international stardom, before becoming a financial guru who made and lost several fortunes – not always his own. Terry Nelhams never quite got used to being Adam and saw his alter ego as having something of an independent existence: “Being Adam is like playing a part in a film,” he said. “On the whole I prefer being Adam.” David and Caroline Stafford’s witty and insightful biography charts the glorious triumphs and often cataclysmic failures of a ‘child man’ who spent his life getting away with it.
BUDGIE is coming to Talking Pictures TV!
Don’t miss this colourful series, airing on Talking Pictures TV from Tuesday 16th June at 9pm, and following Tuesdays. An enjoyable and well-written Soho street-life series featuring
Adam Faith as a perpetual loser with an eye on the fast money. Whatever plan, scam or caper Budgie Bird got involved with, he always lost out to the law or Charlie Endell, the local Mr Big.