ONE of the UK's first bona-fide rock and roll stars, Adam Faith was an ubiquitous face in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
His chiselled, clean-cut good looks and boy-next-door vocal style made him a permanent fixture in the charts and pop music TV shows as well as teenage girls bedroom walls.
Born under the rather less glamorous name of Terry Nelhams, he came into the world on June 23, 1940 at a house in Churchfield Road, Acton.
The third in a family of five children, he spent his formative years growing up in the area and attended John Perryn Primary School.
He was only 12 years old when he showed the entrepreneurial skills that would characterise him in later life as he got his first job, delivering and selling newspapers while still at school.
As he would admit in interviews, Terry's first love was acting and he was hugely inspired by his idol James Dean. After leaving school he made his first forays into the movie business by working for a film studio, progressing from messenger boy to assistant film editor.
But the acting world can be a tough one and it was far easier and cheaper to make music. Inspired by musical legend Lonnie Donegan's recording of Rock Island Line, Terry formed his first band the Worried Men in 1956.
The group played skiffle, the musical style which was sweeping the nation. They gigged regularly and it was while playing at a Soho coffee bar for a TV show called 'The 6-5 Special' in 1958 that Terry caught the eye of a music producer named Jack Good.
Good told the 18-year-old that he had star potential but would need a change of name first. Terry was handed a book of Christian names and he chose Adam from the boys list and Faith from the girls selection. Adam Faith was born.
He was presented to the nation as an Anglicised Buddy Holly, complete with rock n' roll attitude to boot, as his mass of blond was cut off and he was ordered by management to never smile on camera, thus giving him the broody sulk that would make him a hit with teenage music fans.
His debut single '(Got) A Heartsick Feeling', was released in January 1958 but failed to make the charts.
It wouldn't be until following year that he had his first big hit, 'What Do You Want?', which got favourable reviews and shot to number one in the UK singles chart. This heralded the arrival of Adam Faith as a star, giving way to numerous singles performances and TV appearances.
He was still at the tender age of 20 and living with his parents in Acton Vale when he scored his first hit album, simply titled 'Adam'. Soon after, he bought a house in Hampton Court for £6,000.
Adam would go to make six more albums, but by the mid 1960s, with The Beatles having changed the face of music, his musical star was on the wane. But all was not lost. Adam was already an established face on the nation's TV screens and had even made a handful of appearances in films like 'Beat Girl.'
After a final parting single with his label EMI in 1968, Adam reinvented himself as an actor. He came up the old fashioned way, starting off with appearances in the theatre where he worked to make a name for himself.
His hard work paid off and in 1969 he took the lead in a touring production of the play Billy Liar. He starred as the eponymous hero in the 1970s TV show 'Budgie', about an ex-convict freshly out of prison, but his career was badly affected when he suffered a serious motorcycle accident.
But once again, in a display of his trademark tenacity he soldiered and won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a rock star's manipulative manager in the 1974 film Stardust.
Adam would go on to star in a number of films and TV series, including such British TV stalwarts as 'Minder'. He also had a keen nose for business and had been investing in property since the 1960s. In the 1980s, he reinvented himself yet again, this time as a financial investments advisor. Sadly he was not as successful in this field as he was in music and acting.
He became involved with a cable TV station, The Money Channel, which proved unsuccessful and folded in 2001, costing Adam a staggering £32 million and forcing him into bankruptcy.
Adam had also had problems with his heart and he became ill while touring with a production of the play Love And Marriage in 2003. Aged 62, he died of a heart attack in Stoke-On-Trent Staffordshire. He was survived by his wife Jackie Irving, whom he married in 1975 and their daughter Katya.
His death was sudden and unexpected, but Adam Faith remains an indelibel part of British cultural history and an icon of swinging London in the 1960s. The boy from Acton did the borough proud.
The One Show is planning to make a film about Adam Faith, specifically regarding the early years he spent in Acton. The show is very keen to track down any Ealing or Acton residents who knew Faith when he was living in the area during the 1940s and 1950s.
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