Here at TVS, we have unique students from all over the globe, each of whom has their own incredible story to tell.
With so many incredible students who have been through our premier Four Pillars course, it would be near-impossible to recognize them all
However, today we wanted to take the time to recognize one of our most fantastic students and his unique connection with the Beatles.
That student is Mr. Anthony Wade, otherwise known as Dr. Voice.
Anthony’s story starts back in 1964 when he was 11 years old. His father was the owner of the Invicta Ballroom, which was a large bingo hall in the south of England that had hosted an array of bands from Bill Haley and The Comets to Jerry Lee Lewis. Anthony’s father would often take him there, showing him how to open the curtains as the acts went on stage.
It was a snowy Monday night when the Beatles had arrived. At the time, it was their southern-most performance in England, which had taken them roughly 170 miles from home. Anthony’s father would often have him help the bands set up, and this night was no different. He vividly remembers going to help a struggling Ringo haul his drums into the venue and watching Paul McCartney joke about his father’s mustache.
At one point during load-in, John Lennon began screaming,
“Bloody hell! My guitar has gone missing! I can’t find it anywhere! We’re not going to be able to play!”
Of course, Anthony’s father had him and his 15-year-old friend William run out into the snow to try and hunt it down. They ended up coming upon a man who was holding the guitar and William felt that the best thing to do was give this thief a big whack to the head. During the commotion, Anthony took the guitar and ran back to deliver it to John Lennon, who ended up getting young Anthony a drink to say thank you.
The Beatles finally went on stage and played their set, ending with “She Loves You” before Anthony pulled the curtain shut. His father, who had been spying on the audience through a small hole that he had drilled into the wall, nearly fell back out of his seat!
Anthony, both frightened and shocked, went over to his father to see if everything was okay. His father told him to look through the hole to see what he had just seen.
When Anthony did, he was blown away. There were hundreds of fans screaming, crying, and tearing their hair out.
“These guys are going to be huge one day”, said Anthony’s father.
Anthony’s father couldn’t have been more right.
Fast forward more than 50 years and Anthony was sitting in front of his computer when a photo popped up.
What was the photo, you ask?
It was John Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitar up for auction for over 300,000 pounds; the same guitar that Anthony had retrieved for him so many years ago.
There is no doubt that all of us can look back and pinpoint a moment that inspired us to want to sing. For Anthony, that moment was watching the Beatles perform. Not only is Anthony a student of the Robert Lunte’s, but he is also a successful vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Grammy Award winner Sam Smith, ‘The Voice’ winner Jermain Jackson, and the late George Michael.
What was the moment in your life that inspired you to want to become a singer?
We’d love to hear your story!
Make sure to head on over to our The Vocalist Studio Group on Facebook to learn more and pick up a copy of Robert Lunte’s “4 Pillars of Singing” so that you can train using the same program as the great Dr. Voice!