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Despite his regular appearances on BBC TV's Drumbeat in 1959 it would take three years for Faith to get his own show. The run of Faith's only solo music series would only be a short one, supported by his band The Roulettes, singing group The Kestrels and with orchestrations by Harry Rabinowitz, guests over the series included Helen Shapiro, Ottilee Patterson and and the then unknown Clodagh/Cloda Rodgers.


Faith had been a familiar face on British TV since 1957, even appearing on Six-Five Special with his skiffle group The Worried Men, but he was the one of the last of that first wave of British pops stars to be given his own series. The show was nearly dumped into the following New Years' schedules, but eventually room was found and it debuted in September. It was about half way through the series that the first single by The Beatles was released, an event which would determine what would happen to the careers of Faith and his contemporaries over the next few years.


He already had a couple of specials afforded to him by ATV, but this series would be the only time he would lead his own show as a singer. However, he would re-appear as a TV star later in the decade as failed criminal Ronald Bird in the long running London Weekend series Budgie.


After a series of poor movie roles success for the television series was important to Faith "I need another outlet" he told Disc magazine "I need to be popular with adults as well as teenagers. What artist doesn't? These shows might do that for me." After the series Faith would have to look elsewhere, but he continued to have hit singles until 1965.


This series has also been seen listed as Adam Faith Sings Songs Old and New.



ADAM FAITH


BBC

19th September 1962 - 24th October 1962