Faye Adams

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Faye Adams (* 22. May 1923 in Newark , New Jersey as Fanny Tulle ) is an American singer, who in the 1950s with rhythm-and-blues music was successful.


The daughter of a gospel singer performed as a child with her sisters as a gospel group. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she appeared in clubs in New York as Faye Scruggs after her marriage .

While performing in Atlanta , she was discovered by Ruth Brown , who recommended her to Atlantic boss Herb Abramson . Abramson brokered her to his band leader Joe Morris , with whom she appeared from 1952 as a singer under the stage name Faye Adams. Her recording, Shake a Hand , topped the R&B charts for several weeks in 1953 and peaked at number 22 on the pop charts.

In 1954, Faye Adams had two other No. 1 hits with I'll Be True and It Hurts Me to My Heart . She left Morris' band to work solo and performed as "Atomic Adams". In 1955 she was seen in the film Rhythm & Blues Revue .

Although she continued to publish with smaller labels, she could no longer build on the earlier success. In the early 1960s she retired from the music business.

Alan Freed called Faye Adams "the little gal with the big voice". In 1998 she received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation .

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  1. a b c d e Allmusic, see web links
  2. ^ Rhythm & Blues Foundation Salutes 12 With Pioneer Awards in New York . Jet (magazine), March 23, 1998 (English)