The Writing On the Wall

Adam Wade

About The Writing On the Wall

"The Writing on the Wall" is a 1961 song which was a Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 single for Adam Wade. The song was co-written by Mark Barkan, Sandy Baron and George Paxton. Wades B-side "Point Of No Return" also charted as #85 in Billboard.


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Adam Wade

Adam Wade (born Patrick Henry Wade, March 17, 1935) is an American singer, drummer and television actor. He is noted for his stint as the host of the 1975 CBS game show Musical Chairs, which made him the first African-American game show host. more »

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Artist Background
"The Writing on the Wall" was performed by Adam Wade, an American singer, songwriter, and actor who saw significant popularity during the 1960s.
Chart Performance
The song was a hit for Adam Wade, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.
Song Genre
"The Writing on the Wall" is classified as a pop ballad, demonstrating the typical characteristics of this genre from the early 1960s.
Song's Writer
This song was written by Gerry Granahan and Alex Gerber Jr., who were popular songwriters of the time.
Classical Influence
The melody of "The Writing on the Wall" is based on a theme from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet."
Cover Versions
Later, other artists such as The Fleetwoods and George Maharis also covered the song, although none of the versions was as successful as the original by Adam Wade.
Album Information
"The Writing on the Wall" was included in Adam Wade's album called "Adam and Evening," which was released in 1961.
Signature Song
Among his repertoire, this song is often considered Adam Wade's signature song due to its popularity.
Career Impact
The success of "The Writing on the Wall" helped Adam Wade cement his place in the music industry during the 1960s.
Musical Arrangement
This song has simple, clean arrangements highlighting Adam Wade's emotive and smooth vocal style.
Chart Longevity
"The Writing on the Wall" stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for total 16 weeks.
Vinyl Release
Originally, the song was released as a 7" vinyl single in 1961.

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