ONE of the best-known faces from Sunderland’s booming club scene of the 1980s and 1990s has died.
Adam Lundy spun the discs at clubs across Wearside and as far afield as Yorkshire and Lancashire.
He was a lovely, lovely lad and everybody he met, he made an impression on.Colin MacKintosh
He passed away in hospital on April 13, aged just 52.
City businessman Colin MacKintosh had been friends with Adam since they met at the age of just seven, and has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of grief for a man who was never lost for words.
Showbusiness was in Adam’s blood – his dad Ron was one of Wearside’s leading talent agents – but despite working in the licensed trade, he did not originally start out as a DJ, as Colin recalled.
“He started off as a barman,” he said. Adam worked his way up to bar manager before getting the chance to try his hand behind the record desks.
Club DJ turned out to be the perfect occupation for a man who was able to combine his passion for music with a talent for performance and a gift for working with people.
He began performing in some of the city’s smaller clubs, but was soon a mainstay of Wearside’s best-known venues.
“He started off in Christie’s and Finos then later performed in Idols and Annabel’s and all around the city,” said Colin.
“But it wasn’t just Sunderland where he was popular – he worked as far afield as Manchester and Harrogate throughout the 80s and 90s.”
With the gift of the gab and a talent for getting on with people – not to mention a love of the spotlight – Adam was in his element as a showman.
“He was a lovely, lovely lad and everybody he met, he made an impression on,” said Colin.
“I have had people phoning and texting me from all over the place to say how sorry they are.”
Adam thrived on being the centre of attention and was always ready with a smart comment, as brother Mark recalled.
“He was right into it – he was a bit of a character,” he said.
“He liked to party himself and was a bit of an extrovert – it didn’t matter who walked in, he took the water out of them.”
Adam never married, preferring to keep his options open.
“He was a bit of a ladies’ man, a bit of a lothario,” said Colin.
“He loved his music, obviously, and he was a Sunderland lad, who liked his football and always loved to see Sunderland win.”
Adam is survived by dad Ron and mum Pat as well as Mark.
A funeral service will be held next Tuesday at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, in Durham Road, at 1.15pm, followed by cremation at Sunderland Crematorium at 2pm.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu if so desired to Macmillan Cancer Support. A box for donations will also be available on the day.