17 March 1937, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A romantic crooner in the style of Johnny Mathis, Wade was working as a laboratory assistant for Dr. Jonas Salk, the man who discovered polio vaccine, when he auditioned for the Coed label. He eventually scored three US Top 10 hits: Take Good Care Of Her, The Writing On The Wall and As If I Didnt Know, all in 1961. He then disappeared from the charts for four years, returning with a cover of Elvis Presleys 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 (1976). He starred in an all-black production of Guys And Dolls in Los Angeles in 1978, and later hosted a talk show called Mid-Morning LA.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.