Faye Adams

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Faye Adams
Birth name Fanny Tuell
Also known as Faye Scruggs
"Atomic Adams"
Born May 22, 1923
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Origin New York City
Genres Gospel, rhythm and blues
Occupations Singer
Years active late 1940s–early 1960s
Labels Atlantic, Herald, Imperial
Associated acts Joe Morris

Faye Adams (born Fanny Tuell, May 22, 1923) is an American singer who recorded rhythm and blues in the 1950s before retiring from the music business.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

She was born in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of David Tuell, a gospel singer and a key figure in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).[1] At the age of five she joined her sisters to sing spirituals, regularly appearing on Newark radio shows.

Musical career[edit]

As Faye Scruggs (her married name), she became a regular performer in New York nightclubs in the late 1940s and early 1950s. While performing in Atlanta, Georgia, she was discovered by singer Ruth Brown, who won her an audition with bandleader Joe Morris of Atlantic Records. Changing her name to Faye Adams, Morris recruited her as a singer in 1952, and signed her to Herald Records. Her first release was Morris's song "Shake a Hand", which topped the US Billboard R&B chart for ten weeks in 1953, and made number 22 on the US pop chart.[1]

In 1954, Faye had two more R&B chart toppers with "I'll Be True" (covered by Bill Haley) and "It Hurts Me to My Heart". During this period, she left the Morris band and was billed as "Atomic Adams". In 1955 she appeared in the film Rhythm & Blues Revue, and in 1957 moved to Imperial Records, but her commercial success diminished. By the late 1950s she was seen as an older recording artist whose time had come and gone, although she continued to record for various smaller labels until the early 1960s.

By 1963 she had retired from the music industry. She returned to her gospel roots and family life in New Jersey.

Musical influence[edit]

Alan Freed called Adams the "little gal with the big voice".[1] Adams was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1998.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Label A-side B-side Chart Positions
US Pop[2] US
R&B
[2]
1953 Atlantic 1007 "Sweet Talk" "Watch Out, I Told You" - -
Herald 416 "Shake a Hand" "I've Gotta Leave You" 22 1
Herald 419 "I'll Be True" "Happiness To My Soul" - 1
1954 Herald 423 "Every Day" "Say A Prayer" - -
Herald 429 "Somebody, Somewhere, Someday" "Crazy Mixed-Up World" - -
Herald 434 "Hurts Me To My Heart" "Ain't Gonna Tell" - 1
Herald 439 "Ain't Nothin' To Play With" "I Owe My Heart To You" - -
1955 Herald 444 "Anything For A Friend" "Your Love Has My Heart Burning" - -
Herald 450 "You Ain't Been True" "My Greatest Desire" - -
Herald 462 "No Way Out" "Same Old Me" - -
1956 Herald 470 "Teen-Age Heart" "Witness To The Crime" - -
Herald 480 "Takin' You Back" "Don't Forget To Smile" - -
Herald 489 "Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere" "The Hammer Keeps Knockin'" - -
1957 Imperial 5443 "Keeper Of My Heart" "So Much" - 13
Imperial 5456 "Johnny Lee" "You're Crazy" - -
Imperial 5471 "I Have A Twinkle In My Eye" "Someone Like You" - -
1958 Imperial 5525 "When We Kiss" "Everything" - -
Herald 512 "Shake a Hand" "I'll Be True" - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Faye Adams". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 4. 

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