Adam Faith filming in Shepherds Bush Market

Adam Faith filming in Shepherds Bush Market

In 1955 15 year old Terry Nelhams started a skiffle band called The Worried Men, who played regularly at 21’s Coffee Bar in Soho, the club which had hosted early performances by Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde. He released a few solo singles with no great success until, as Adam Faith, he recorded What do you Want in 1959. By the early 1960s he was one of the three top British pop stars along with Cliff Richard and Billy Fury until The Beatles knocked them all off their perch.

In the late 1960s, Faith’s music career was slowing down so he switched to acting, appearing as a cheeky cockney in the 1970s TV series Budgie. Over the next 30 years he continued to act intermittently while managing other artists, producing records and being a financial entrepreneur.