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Faye Adams


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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 U.S. R&B chart for ten weeks in 1953 and made number 22 on the U.S. pop chart.

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.


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  • 1969SL

    Strong,bluesy voice and some very good songs ("Shake a hand") not unlike ruth Brown/LaVern Baker best material. Unfortunately after a while these songs start to sound all very much the same.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • thetrogg

    right pic now right?

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • alinevida

    Where is the right pic then?

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Euphonic

    That's not Faye Adams in the picture, it's Big Maybelle. x|

    27 Feb 2008 Reply

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