Though not from Cleveland, OH, aficionados of C-Town-based music have adopted Bobby Wade as a native son. The classy singer was born in Meadville, PA, on May 19, 1942, and developed a love for soul music, listening to Porky Chadwick, an R&B DJ out of Pittsburgh. Meadville's African-American population was small and the city had little to offer in the way of soul. At 14 he started singing with the Cootie Harris Jazz Quintet, a local outfit, and still found time for school and to help his father build the family home where his mom still lives. He sang with the band until graduation from Meadville High, learning plenty, including the phrasing and techniques of easy listening crooners Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Sarah Vaughn, and Billy Eckstine and the stage presence of master entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr. and comedian Redd Foxx; years later, he met and befriended both in Las Vegas.