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Adam Wade recorded all of his major hits for Coed Records before signing with Epic in 1962. Epic almost immediately issued Adam Wade's Greatest Hits, which consists of re-recordings of eight Coed hits, two B-sides, one flop single ("Speaking of Her"), and a pop version of the country classic "The Prisoner's Song." Joe Rene produced the sessions, which sound so similar to the Coed originals that fans have debated ever since whether the Epic album contains originals, re-recordings, or alternate takes from the original sessions. An A/B comparison of the Coed and Epic versions of Wade's second-biggest hit, "Take Good Care of Her," shows that the two are different recordings. Wade, a smooth pop vocalist akin to Johnny Mathis, specialized in pop updates of old songs such as Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It" and Buddy Clark's "Linda." He scored three Top 10 hits — "Take Good Care of Her," "The Writing on the Wall," and "As If I didn't Know" — versions of which appear on his Epic greatest-hits album. Wade's original Coed hits have yet to be compiled on a legitimate anthology, but Adam Wade's Greatest Hits is a convincing re-creation.


Born: 17 March 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A natural singer, vocalist/actor/drummer Wade was influenced by Jesse Belvin, Johnny Mathis (who bounced out of the gate a few years before Wade), and Nat King Cole. Wade grew up in Pittsburgh PA, and briefly worked as a lab assistant for the famed Dr. Jonas Salk who invented the vaccine for polio. He moved to New York in 1960 and tasted success instantly. He signed with CoEd Records and sang at the city's most prestigious club, the Copacabana, within six months of setting foot in the Big Apple....
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