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 â€˜Black Is Our Colourâ€™, released on the newly formed Mango label. The success of the single was followed with an interpretation of the Paragonsâ€™ â€˜Happy Go Lucky Girlâ€™, 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 â€˜I Kissed A Roseâ€™ on the b-side. Realizing the potential of covering Paragon hits, Wade recorded â€˜On The Beachâ€™, which was equally popular and also surfaced in discomix style with DJ Ranking Trevor. Wade subsequently interpreted other rocksteady hits, including â€˜Everybody Bawlingâ€™, â€˜I Canâ€™t Hideâ€™ and â€˜You Donâ€™t Want Meâ€™. 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 â€˜Five Man Armyâ€™. Other releases included â€˜Kings Of Kingsâ€™, â€˜Now I Knowâ€™ and, with Tommy McCook, â€˜Riding Forwardâ€™. In 1981 Wade enjoyed hits with the Linval Thompson -produced â€˜Round The Worldâ€™, â€˜Tell Me Whatâ€™s Going Onâ€™, â€˜Poor And Humbleâ€™ and â€˜Down In Iranâ€™. By 1983 Wade settled in the Netherlands where he recorded a version of Lionel Richieâ€™s â€˜Ladyâ€™. Wade signed a contract with Epic Records that resulted in a summer re-release of â€˜Ladyâ€™, followed in the autumn by the less successful â€˜Try Againâ€™. 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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