b. c.1960, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Wade began his singing career in the mid-70s and was hailed as the latest prodigy produced by Yabby You through the Grove Music collective. His initial success came in 1976 with GÇÿBlack Is Our ColourGÇÖ, released on the newly formed Mango label. The success of the single was followed with an interpretation of the ParagonsGÇÖ GÇÿHappy Go Lucky GirlGÇÖ, which demonstrated his refined vocals. The song was an instant hit, which led to the release of a discomix in 1977 featuring DJ Prince Pompado, with GÇÿI Kissed A RoseGÇÖ on the b-side. Realizing the potential of covering Paragon hits, Wade recorded GÇÿOn The BeachGÇÖ, which was equally popular and also surfaced in discomix style with DJ Ranking Trevor. Wade subsequently interpreted other rocksteady hits, including GÇÿEverybody BawlingGÇÖ, GÇÿI CanGÇÖt HideGÇÖ and GÇÿYou DonGÇÖt Want MeGÇÖ. In the early 80s he recorded with Dillinger for his Oak Sound productions. Wade appeared alongside the producer and the Tamlins, Al Campbell, and Trinity for the successful GÇÿFive Man ArmyGÇÖ. Other releases included GÇÿKings Of KingsGÇÖ, GÇÿNow I KnowGÇÖ and, with Tommy McCook, GÇÿRiding ForwardGÇÖ. In 1981 Wade enjoyed hits with the Linval Thompson -produced GÇÿRound The WorldGÇÖ, GÇÿTell Me WhatGÇÖs Going OnGÇÖ, GÇÿPoor And HumbleGÇÖ and GÇÿDown In IranGÇÖ. By 1983 Wade settled in the Netherlands where he recorded a version of Lionel RichieGÇÖs GÇÿLadyGÇÖ. Wade signed a contract with Epic Records that resulted in a summer re-release of GÇÿLadyGÇÖ, followed in the autumn by the less successful GÇÿTry AgainGÇÖ. Wade continued to record but he has yet to recapture the past glories of his work with Yabby You.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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