Marianne Faithfull

  • Real Name: Marianne Faithfull
  • Birth Date: 29th December 1946
  • Birth Place: Hampstead, London
  • Marianne's early background would appear to have made her an unlikely candidate for pop stardom. Her father was a senior British army officer and her mother had been brought up as a member of the Hungarian aristocracy. Marianne's education had been provided at St. Joseph's- a girl's convent school in Reading, Berkshire and her musical taste ran along strictly classical lines.

    Life changed for Marianne when she made a chance acquaintance- at a party- with Andrew Loog Oldham, who at that time had only recently helped steer the Rolling Stones to great fame as their manager. Through this she soon found herself within the circle of people who regularly partied with the Rolling Stones and other pop idols of the time. Swept along by the excitement of it all, she soon found herself acting out the clichè that is 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll'.

    This was a time when Oldham was encouraging Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to extend their talents to songwriting. Although the pair were no Lennon and McCartney, they were able to produce some passable material- one of the earliest of which was "As Tears Go By". This song would not have been good material for the 'Stones but, with persuasion from Oldham, the song proved the ideal vehicle to launch Marianne into a musical career.

    Although Marianne did not have a strong or rich sounding voice, her gentle style was well suited to the carefully selected material that she was called upon to record. Her first hit was followed by a failed attempt at Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind". The hits flowed again with Jackie De Shannon's "Come And Stay By Me"- her biggest success- and John D. Loudermilk's "This Little Bird".



    The sleeve on the left is from the only UK issued EP for Marianne during the 1960s- from 1965, Decca DFE 8624 "Go Away From My World" and the picture it bears shows what a very pretty girl she was.

    It is now difficult to be certain of the facts about her life with Mick and Keith at this time. Much of the publicity of the time was exaggerated and encouraged by Oldham who doubtless saw it as beneficial to the Stones' image. Much of what really went on remains either hidden or difficult to separate from the apochryphal. In any event, either despite- or because of- her success as a performer, Marianne became deeply involved with drug abuse. The end of the decade saw her life at the beginning of a downward slide. The 1970s were a generally bad time for her and it was surprising that she made such a strong recovery by the beginning of the 1980s.

    The turning point perhaps came with her only UK chart hit of the 1970s- "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan". This disc achieved only a lowly #48 in November 1979, but it shows how much she had moved on musically despite the despair of the previous few years. She has subsequently shown herself to be a mature, original and compelling folk singer.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See lower list for EP releases

    Decca F11923 1964 As Tears Go By/ Greensleeves #9
    Decca F12007 1964 Blowin' In The Wind/ The House Of The Rising Sun  
    Decca F12075 1965 Come And Stay With Me/ What Have I Done Wrong #4
    Decca F12162 1965 This Little Bird/ Morning Sun #6
    Decca F12193 1965 Summer Nights/ The Sha La La Song #10
    Decca F12268 1965 Yesterday/ Oh Look Around You #36
    Decca F12408 1966 Tomorrow's Calling/ That's Right Baby  
    Decca F12443 1966 Counting/ I'd Like To Dial Your Number  
    Decca F22524 1966 Is This What I Get For Loving You/ Tomorrow's Calling #43

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Decca DFE8624 1965 "Go Away From My World"  
    Go Away From My World/The Most Of What Is Least/Et Maintenant/The Sha La La Song

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