b. Columbus, Georgia, USA. Little is known of Wade’s early years, except that he developed an interest in country music as a child and was particularly attracted to the music of Hank Williams. In 1959, after learning guitar and singing in local clubs, he relocated to Nashville. Marty Robbins, who became Wade’s biggest influence, offered him a job that led to his working for the star for the next 15 years, including appearances with him on the Grand Ole Opry (Robbins later even played dobro on some tracks on Wade’sPure Country). Wade first recorded in 1959, but it was in 1978 that he achieved minor success with ‘Close Every Honky Tonk’. Although he continued to record and achieved some local chart successes, his only Billboard entry was a 1979 recording of Hank Williams’ ‘I’m A Long Gone Daddy’. Wade has written many songs and excels at recording honky tonk numbers. He has played theOpry in his own right and in 1984, he was honoured with lifetime membership of the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival in Meridian, Mississippi. He remains active but, like Vernon Oxford, his ability to sing in the style of Hank Williams and his love for the down-home country sound of fiddle and steel guitar mean that he was probably born 10 years too late to gain the proper acclaim his ability merits.
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