b. London, England. A graduate of the Italia Conti Stage School, Adrienne Poster (as she was initially known) made her acting debut in the film No More Tears at the age of 11. She later appeared in the television soap Harpers West One, which launched singer John Leyton. Poster’s first single, ‘Only Fifteen’, was issued in 1963, but despite exposure on the televison programme Ready, Steady, Go!, it was not a success. In 1964 she came under the wing of the Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham. He produced her version of a Jagger/Richards song, ‘Shang A Doo Lang’, in the style of Phil Spector. The liaison was short-lived and in 1965 session drummer Bobby Graham took charge for Poster’s reading of the Supremes’ ‘He Doesn’t Love Me’. Her next single, ‘The Wind That Blows’, was published by Jimmy Page’s company, but such all star connections failed to lift the singer’s career. ‘Something Beautiful’ and ‘They Long To be Close To You’ followed in 1966, the latter of which signalled her name change from Poster to Posta. Acting now took precedent with film roles in To Sir With Love, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, Up The Junction and Percy. Posta also appeared in several 70s sex/comedy films, including Adventures Of A Taxi Driver. Her version of the theme song, ‘Cruisin’ Casanova’, was issued on President Records in 1976. This was Posta’s final recording, but she has continued to act successfully on stage and screen.
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