Special to the Democrat
The Texas Opry Theater will welcome Neil Diamond tribute artist Tom Sadge back to Weatherford this coming Saturday, Sept. 14, to perform a full two-hour show performing many of Neil Diamond’s fabulous tunes.
Sadge will be backed by the Amazing Made In Texas Show Time Band and singers. It was during the band’s Aug. 17 performance before a full house at Texas Opry Theater when Sadge made a special guest appearance, wowing the crowd and giving them a sample of this week’s show by performing “Sweet Caroline” and “Coming To America.”
Sadge (pronounced Sage) recognized all the veterans in the audience, which included one of the few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, A.J. Dunn, 92, from Floresville, who was in Weatherford visiting a niece and attended that day’s Texas Opry Theater show.
Sadge has been a full-time entertainer for his entire adult life. He has been entertaining others with a variety of singing and speaking voices since he was in elementary school. Born in the largely Irish-immigrant-populated town of Avoca, Pa., Sadge attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Pittston Area High School. He was active in the school’s Glee Club.
Sadge’s mother, who once was offered a job touring the country with a popular big band but opted to remain in the hometown, encouraged Sadge’s singing career by taking him with her as she performed in minstrels and local shows.
After leaving the Pittston area at a very young age, he spent some time in the service. His military travels took him to Japan, the Philippines and other exotic places. After the military, he lived for a time in the Cape Cod/Boston area as well as in Biloxi, Miss., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ironically, it wasn’t until he returned to his hometown that he met his wife, Marion.