Faye Adams

Faye Adams

Born Fay Tuell, 1923, Newark, New Jersey, Fay began her career at age five with two older siblings in the Tuell Sisters gospel group, regularly appearing on Newark broadcasts. In 1942 she married Tommy Scruggs, under whose influence she moved into the direction of secular music. By the early 1950s she was a staple of the NYC nightclub circuit. Fay Scruggs was very determined to become a successful singer. For years she haunted the corridors of the office buildings housing the many small record companies and song publishers in New York City. It was Ruth Brown who spotted her while performing in Atlanta and Ruth's encouragement led to an audition for promoter Phil Moore in his Carnegie Hall office. Moore immediately became her manager, changed her name to the more theatrical "Faye Adams", and introduced her to Joe Morris, a popular rhythm and blues bandleader, who led a successful touring company known as the "Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade". The Cavalcade's previous featured singer, Laurie Tate, had recently resigned to raise a family and Faye was hired as her replacement. Morris was contracted to Atlantic and recorded one session with Faye for that label in late 1952. The resulting single, the novelty "That's What Makes My Baby Fat", went nowhere, but, undaunted, Morris felt he had the perfect song for Faye to record, his own composition "Shake A Hand". His Atlantic contract had expired and Morris signed with another NYC independent, Herald Records. The first Herald release by the Morris band was "Shake A Hand", featuring Faye Adams on vocal with her superb voice. The record topped the R&B charts for an amazing ten weeks in 1953 and also crossed over to the pop charts (# 22). It is one of the most power- ful and recognizable R&B songs of the 1950s. Many other artists have recorded "Shake A Hand", among them Little Richard, the Mike Pedicin Quintet (# 71 pop, 1958), LaVern Baker (# 13 R&B, 1960), Ruth Brown (# 97 pop, 1962) and the duo Jackie Wilson and Linda Hopkins (# 21 R&B, # 42 pop, 1963).

In 1954, Faye managed to score two more chart toppers with "I'll Be True" (covered by Bill Haley) and "Hurts Me To My Heart". During this remarkable period, she was billed as "Atomic Adams", a tribute to her showmanship on stage. By this time Miss Adams had left Morris' s band and struck out on her own. In 1955 she appeared in the movie "Rhythm & Blues Revue". She eventually recorded some 30 songs for Herald before leaving in 1957, to join Imperial Records. But only "Keeper Of My Heart" on that label made any impression (# 13 R&B in mid-1957). It would be her final chart entry. Other labels followed in quick succession : Lido, Warwick, Brunswick, Savoy and Prestige. By 1963 she had retired from the secular music scene and returned to her gospel roots and family life in New Jersey.

Title Album Genre Tools
I'll Be True Circle m The R&B Hits Of 1954 Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Subgenres:
Soul
Featured Instruments:
Hand Clapping, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, and Trumpet
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
65
CD/Track #:
The R&B Hits Of 1954
Release Date:
1954
Track ID:
53669
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Crazy Mixed Up World Circle m Golden Classics Jazz
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Keywords:
Dramatic and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Heartbreak and Night Club
Genres:
Jazz
Subgenres:
Big Band/Swing
Featured Instruments:
Piano, Saxophone, and Wind Instruments
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
65
CD/Track #:
Golden Classics, #5
Release Date:
1954
Track ID:
47033
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
It Hurts Me To My Heart Circle m It Hurts Me To My Heart R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Scene Descriptions:
Strip Tease
Genres:
R&B/Soul
Featured Instruments:
Electric Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
86
CD/Track #:
It Hurts Me To My Heart
Release Date:
1954
Track ID:
96346
Main Mix 3:00 160k MP3
Shake a Hand Circle m Shake a Hand R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Scene Descriptions:
Morning After
Genres:
R&B/Soul
Featured Instruments:
Brass, Piano, and Saxophone
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
67
CD/Track #:
Shake a Hand
Release Date:
1953
Track ID:
96343
Main Mix 2:52 160k MP3
Tag Along Circle m Tag Along R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Scene Descriptions:
Christmas
Genres:
R&B/Soul
Featured Instruments:
Electric Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female and Male
BPM:
80
CD/Track #:
Tag Along
Release Date:
1955
Track ID:
96347
Main Mix 2:53 160k MP3
Angels Tell Me Circle m Shake A Hand Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Keywords:
Bright and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love and Wedding
Genres:
Pop and R&B/Soul
Subgenres:
Doo Wop
Featured Instruments:
Brass and Piano
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
68
CD/Track #:
Shake A Hand
Release Date:
1955
Track ID:
53117
main mix 2:19 160k MP3
Every Day Circle m Every Day R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Scene Descriptions:
In Love
Genres:
R&B/Soul
Featured Instruments:
Brass, Piano, and Saxophone
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
76
CD/Track #:
Every Day
Release Date:
1953
Track ID:
96344
Main Mix 2:48 160k MP3
Somebody Somewhere Circle m Somebody Somewhere R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Faye Adams
Scene Descriptions:
Christmas
Genres:
R&B/Soul
Featured Instruments:
Brass, Piano, and Saxophone
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Female
BPM:
82
CD/Track #:
Somebody Somewhere
Release Date:
1954
Track ID:
96345
Main Mix 2:29 160k MP3
Take Me Back