Monday, July 27, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Adam Wade

Artist:Adam Wade
Song:The Writing On The Wall
Album:The Very Best Of Adam Wade: The Writing On The Wall

Adam Wade had brief success in the early 60s with a singing style that was frequently compared to Johnny Mathis. The Writing On The Wall was his biggest hit in 1961. Wade faded after switching to a larger label and he turned to acting. He was born Mar. 17, 1935 in Pittsburgh. Wade performed in local clubs while working on as a lab assistant on the polio research team of Dr. Jonas Salk. He signed with Coed Records in 1959. Coed was owned by former big band leader turned producer George Paxton. Among the acts on the label were The Crests, The Rivieras and The Duprees. Wade's top ten hits were Take Good Care Of Her, The Writing On The Wall and As If I Didn't Know. The Writing On The Wall reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was the biggest hit for the veteran songwriting team of Mark Barkan, Sandy Baron and George Eddy. Tommy Steele charted in England with his recording of the song. Epic Records noticed Wade. And when Johnny Mathis left Columbia for Mercury in 1963, Epic signed Wade to replace him. But he wasn't as successful there and by 1965, Wade was cut. Wade even re-recorded his Coed hits on Epic and those re-recordings are on this Collectables CD. The original Coed recordings aren't available though I am hopeful they will be released on CD as someone acquired the Coed catalog in 2010. Though Wade recorded an album in the 70s, he concentrated on acting. He is probably best known as the host of the 70s game show Musical Chairs. He was the first black game show host. Since then Wade has toured in musicals and he performs in clubs with his wife Jeree. Here's a video for The Writing On The Wall by Adam Wade. This is the original version.

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