The famous singer, Adam Wade with consecutive Billboard Top 10 hits passed away at 87. The reason for his death was complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Adam made history in 1975 as the first Black game show host with Musical Chairs. Adam racked up with 3 Top 10 Billboard 100 hits, The writing on the wall, Take good care of her and As if I didn’t know in 1961.
In 1960 he started his acting career, appeared in an episode of the TV series Tarzan, and worked in various other movies such as Shaft, Claudine, etc. He tied his knot with Jeree Wade and gave birth to four children Ramel, Patrice, Jamel, and Latoya. He also has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Who was Adam Wade?
CBS announced the end of the tv racial barrier by naming Adam the master of ceremonies of the daily afternoon game show, Musical Chairs, in May 1975. However, the show received a lot of hate and was canceled after less than five months.
In 1961, The Newyork Times wrote, “Two years ago, and he was Patrick Henry Wade, a $65-a-week aide on virus research experiments in the laboratory of Dr.Jonas E. Salk at the University of Pittsburgh. Today he is Adam Wade, one of the country’s rising young singers in nightclubs and on records.”
Adam and his wife ran a company, Songbird, which produced African American historical revues, including the musical “Shades of Harlem” staged off-Broadway at the Village Gate in 1983.
Adam said, “I was the first in my family to attend college. I promised my grandmother back then that I would finish college someday. Many years later, I kept that promise.”
Similarly, he also taught speech and theater at Long Island University and Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Adam went to Virginia State University on a basketball scholarship but dropped out after three years. After that, he joined Dr.Sal’s laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.
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