Adam Wade, a singer and actor, died on July 7 at the age of 87. He died at his home in Montclair, New Jersey, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, according to his wife. Wade rose to fame as the host of the CBS game show Musical Chairs, and he was the first black game show host in the country. His funeral is still being arranged.
All about Adam Wade
Adam Wade was born on March 17, 1935 and was raised by his grandparents. He attended Westinghouse High School and grew up in the East Liberty neighborhood. He attended Virginia State University after graduating in 1952, but dropped out in his sophomore year. Wade began his career as a lab assistant on Dr. Jonas Salk. He joined Coed Records in 1959 and by early 1960 had released Ruby, a version of a popular 1953 movie song.
Wade rose to prominence in the early 1960s, with three of his songs topping the Billboard Hot 100 list. At the time, he released two albums: Adam and Evening and Adam Wade One Is A Lovely Number, followed by an EP called And Then Came Adam. Adam’s singing style was compared to Johnny Mathis, although it was more akin to Nat King Cole, a singer from another era. Not only was he the first African American to host a game show on television, but he also hosted the chat show Mid-Morning LA. Wade starred in the Broadway productions of Guys and Dolls in 1978 and Same Time, Next Year in 1979.
Wade went on to star in a number of soap operas, including The Guiding Light and Search for Tomorrow. He appeared in sitcoms such as Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, What’s Happening!! and Good Times. Between the late 1970s and early 1980s, he began to focus solely on acting, appearing in several blaxploitation films such as Gordon’s War.
He eventually returned to recording and released a self-titled album on the Kirschner record label, which was released by Columbia Records. Although the record was only a moderate hit, his followers loved it. He appeared in an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. The actor’s most recent appearance was in the drama The Color Purple in 2008. Adam and his wife own the New Jersey-based music production company Songbird.
Twitter users pay tribute
Adam Wade is known for his television appearances and his successful albums. As news of Wade’s death spread, Twitter was inundated with tributes. Some of them commented about his work and how much he will miss. Wade is survived by his wife, Jeree Wade, and their four children, Ramel, Patrice, Jamel, and Latoya, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
#REST IN PEACE Adam Wade; actor and singer (often compared to Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole) worked for Dr. Jonas Salk (!), had three Top 10 hits in 1961 and appeared in “Shaft” and “Claudine” before making history as host of the game show “Music Chairs.” https://t.co/rQ0uIHOVge
— Mike Barnes (@MikeBarnes4) July 10, 2022
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