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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Actor
Singer
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Creamed Cauliflower
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Making Money Is A Habit And There's Nothing I Can Do About It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1935
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Actor
Singer
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Creamed Cauliflower
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Making Money Is A Habit And There's Nothing I Can Do About It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1935
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Adam Wade was born Patrick Henry Wade on March 17, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Pauline Simpson and Henry Oliver Wade, Jr. Wade was raised by his grandparents in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood and graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1952. He went on to attend Virginia State College, but married his high school sweetheart and soon left school in order to support his young family.

Wade started singing while still in high school. In 1958, he got his first opportunity to record for the Coed Records label in New York City. Two years later, he moved to New York full-time, and within six months, he was singing at the city’s most prestigious club, the Copacabana. Wade’s first hit, “Ruby,” was released that same year. He had three top ten singles in 1961: “Take Good Care of Her,” “The Writing on the Wall” and “As If I Didn’t Know.” Wade had less success after moving over to Epic Records later that year. In the late 1960s, he shifted his focus to acting. Wade began doing commercials and voice-over work. In 1970, he starred in the film Wanderlove. Wade had a number of supporting roles in films in the early 1970s, and he began to be featured on television, in soaps like The Guiding Light and black-oriented sitcoms like Sanford & Son and Good Times.

In 1975, Wade began hosting the television game show Musical Chairs, becoming the first black game show host. In 1978, he restarted his recording career. Wade also starred in an all-black production of Guys and Dolls in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1983, Wade and his wife, Jeree Wade, started their own production company called SONGBIRD’S UNLIMITED PRODUCTIONS. They have produced many African American historical revues, including the off Broadway musical, Shades of Harlem which opened at the Village Gate in New York in 1983 and recently stopped touring in 2005. In the 1980s and 1990s, Wade continued to appear regularly on stage and screen including an episode of Hill Street Blues. In April of 2007, Wade began the national tour of the hit Broadway play, The Color Purple, playing the role of “Old Mister Johnson”. Wade has also taken turns as a director, writer and producer. He has received Audelco and Clio Awards for his work.

Over forty years after leaving college, Wade returned to school, earning his B.A. degree from Lehman College and his M.A. degree from Brooklyn College. He works as an adjunct professor of speech and theater at Long Island University and Bloomfield College.

Wade has been married to his wife, Jeree, for twenty-five years.

Adam Wade was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Adam Wade's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Adam Wade lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Adam Wade describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Adam Wade describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Adam Wade describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Adam Wade describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Adam Wade recalls lessons from his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Adam Wade describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Adam Wade describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Adam Wade recalls racial discrimination in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Adam Wade describes his involvement in civil rights protests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Adam Wade describes his early pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Adam Wade recalls living in foster care
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Adam Wade remembers the entertainment of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Adam Wade remembers the Larimer School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Adam Wade describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Adam Wade describes the Negro League in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Adam Wade talks about basketball stars from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Adam Wade talks about basketball stars from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Adam Wade describes his athletic career at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Adam Wade describes his experiences at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Adam Wade describes his works experiences at Virginia State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Adam Wade remembers his departure from Virginia State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Adam Wade describes his position on Jonas Salk's polio research team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Adam Wade describes his early singing career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Adam Wade remembers his first records for Coed Records, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Adam Wade describes his early singles, 'Tell Her For Me' and 'Ruby'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Adam Wade describes his transition to acting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Adam Wade recalls his first commercial role
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Adam Wade remembers his mentor, Adolph Caesar
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Adam Wade describes his stage acting career in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Adam Wade remembers his film credits, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Adam Wade remembers his film credits, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Adam Wade reflects upon his favorite acting roles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Adam Wade recalls his audition for the host role on 'Musical Chairs'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Adam Wade remembers preparing for his role on 'Musical Chairs'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Adam Wade describes the premise of 'Musical Chairs'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Adam Wade remembers acting in the 'Uptown Saturday Night' television pilot
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Adam Wade describes his acting career in the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Adam Wade describes his decision to return to college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Adam Wade describes the Chicago production of 'The Color Purple,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Adam Wade describes the Chicago production of 'The Color Purple,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Adam Wade describes the Chicago production of 'The Color Purple,' pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Adam Wade talks about his interest in writing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Adam Wade describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Adam Wade reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Adam Wade reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Adam Wade talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Adam Wade describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Adam Wade narrates his photographs