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Tuesday, 23 June 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #66 – 23 June 1940

Terence Nelhams-Wright, better known as singer, actor and financial writer Adam Faith, was born on 23 June, 1940.

He began his musical career in the late-1950s, having worked his way into the business via the popular coffee shop scene.  His early supporters included Jack Good, producer of TV’s Six-Five Special and musician/composer John Barry.

After several flopped singles, he struck gold in 1959 with a number one in the charts, What Do You Want?  His vocal style was distinctive, using glottal stops to great effect.  The next six singles were all top five hits.

As his musical appeal began to fade, Faith turned to acting on the big sand small screens, and occasionally in the theatre.

For a time in the 1970s, Adam Faith managed Leo Sayer but it was not a happy relationship, mainly due to money mismanagement.  Sayer sued Faith and the matter was resolved with an out of court settlement. Bizarrely, Faith eventually reinvented himself as a financial adviser, investor and Daily Mail money journalist.

His biggest screen hit was the television series Budgie, about an ex-convict getting involved with dodgy money-making schemes, mostly in association with local crime boss Charlie Endell, played by Iain Cuthbertson.  The show ran for 26 episodes in 1971/72.  In the 1990s, he starred with Zoe Wanamaker in another success, Love Hurts.

He won a BAFTA for his role in the David Essex film Stardust (1974).

Adam Faith died at 62 on 8 March, 2003.

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