b. 17 March 1937, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Wade was a romantic crooner in the Johnny Mathis style. He placed a string of singles on the US charts in 1960-6 and was influenced by Nat King Cole and Jesse Belvin. Wade was working as a laboratory assistant for polio vaccine discoverer Jonas Salk when he auditioned for Coed and was signed. He eventually scored three US Top 10 hits: Take Good Care Of Her, The Writing On The Wall and As If I Didn't Know, all in 1961. He then disappeared from the charts for four years, returning with a cover of Elvis Presley's Crying In The Chapel on Epic in 1965. Wade later became a television actor and the first black person in the USA to host a game show, MUSICAL CHAIRS, in 1976. He starred in an all-black production of Guys And Dollsin Los Angeles in 1978 and later hosted a talk show called MID-MORNING LA.
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