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Dream Weavers

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Biography

If any group could be defined by just one hit record, a big contender would be the Dream Weavers who enjoyed one hit single, "It's Almost Tomorrow" early in 1956 and never troubled the charts again.

Two friends, Gene Adkinson and Wade Buff met while still at school, respectively Miami Edison Senior High and Coral Gables High School when both were also members of the Greater Miami Boys' Drum and Bugle Corps. They stayed friends while attending the University of Florida, and in 1955, they won a freshman talent show and as a result of this, they were given a regular slot on the radio station WRUF, a program called Starlight Serenade with Gene and Wade, and due to the late ending of the show, the always signed off with a song they had written together back in 1953, It's Almost Tomorrow. The third part of the harmony was alternated between various female singers including Sally Sanborn, Mary Carr and Mary Rude. Still un-named at this point, Chuck Murdock the show's announcer ran an on air contest and the winning name proved to be the Dream Weavers as the group were a weaver of dreams. On that original recording, they were backed by musicians Lee Turner on the piano and Eddie Newsom on bass. Gaining in local popularity, It's Almost Tomorrow was picked up by Milt Gabler at Decca Records who cut a new recording of the song with Buff on lead vocals and Adkinson as the baritone.

The song entered the Billboard top 100 in November 1955, peaking at number 8 in the sales chart and number 7 in the most played on juke boxes chart. In the UK, the song did even better, reaching number 1 for three weeks in March. The Dream Weavers' TV appearances included The Ed Sullivan Show at New Year 1956, and The Perry Como Show on Valentine's Day. They never managed to place any follow up in the charts in the UK, condemning them to being tagged as a one hit wonder, although in the USA, they did achieve one further minor hit with the song A Little Love Can Go A Long Way. At the height of the success of It's Almost Tomorrow, Wade Buff married part time Dream Weavers member Mary Rude but decided that married life was not compatible with life on the road and in a pop group. His place was taken by Lee Raymond but when Adkinson was drafted into the army, the new duo was disbanded and the Dream Weavers' short period of existence was over.

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