Dave Adams (musician)

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Dave Adams
Birth name David Malcolm Adams
Also known as Joy and Dave, Joy and David, Burr Bailey, Silas Dooley Jr.
Born 1938 (age 76–77)
Origin Saint Helier, Jersey
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) musician, session musician, songwriter
Instruments keyboards
Years active 1958-present
Labels EMI, Decca, Parlophone, Triumph
Website myspace.com

Dave Adams is a British singer, keyboard player and songwriter. He began working with Joe Meek in 1958, working with Meek until his death in 1967.[1] In the early 1960s, he helped build up Meek's studio. He recorded singles with him under various pseudonyms and wrote songs for him. He was part of the production of Telstar, a work in progress "second stage demo" of him playing the tune exists. He was also a member of Heinz Burt's backing band The Wild Boys along with Ritchie Blackmore.

As of 2007 he lives in Buffalo, New York. His daughter, Dee Adams also writes and performs music as a solo artist, with a country-rock band called Dee and the Housecats, and with a jazz band called The Funny Valentines.


  • Sep 1958: Joy and David: Whoopee! (Adams) / My Oh My (Duke) - Parlophone R 4477
  • Feb 1959: Joy and David: Rockin' Away The Blues (Duke/Adams) / If You Pass Me By (Duke) - Decca F 11123 (also issued on 78)
  • Mar 1960: Joy & Dave: Let's Go See Gran'ma (Adams) / Believe Me (Duke) - Triumph RGM 1002
  • Oct 1960: Joy & Dave: My Very Good Friend the Milkman (Spina/Burke) / Doopey Darling (Duke) - Decca F 11291
  • Dec 1961: Joy & Dave: Joe's Been A-Gittin' There (Wilkin/Martin) / They Tell Us Not To Love (Duke) - Parlophone R 4855 (demo copies contain an alternative, slower recording of the B-side).
  • Jun 1963: Burr Bailey and The Six-Shooters: San Francisco Bay (Fuller) / Burr Bailey and The Fletchers: Like A Bird Without Feathers (Meek/Lawrence) - Decca F 11686
  • Feb 1964: Burr Bailey: Chahawki (Meek/Raymonde) / You Made Me Cry (Joe Meek) - Decca F 11846
  • The Silas Dooley Jr. L.P. (1998) (on "The Dave Adams Story" CD) (recorded in 1963 but remained unreleased until 1994 /1998. The original working title for the LP was believed to be "Naughty But Nice!").


  1. ^ Chusid, Irwin (2000) Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music, A Capella Books, ISBN 978-1-55652-372-4, p. 29-33

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