Walt Maddox started singing as a teenager on the street corners of his Manchester neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s Northside with a group called The Blenders . After a few years of performing in lounges throughout the Pittsburgh area, he joined The Marcels, in May of 1961. The group recorded “Heartaches” their second big hit in September, 1961. Since joining the group in 1961 until the present, Walt continues as manager and producer for the group. In February, 2004, after a lengthy court battle, Walt was awarded all rights in the Marcels, and is the only individual legally permitted to book the group.
Throughout the years, Walt also performed as a solo act throughout the United States. His “Tribute to Nat King Cole” was one of the high points of his solo career. He performed this show with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall, the Wheeling Symphony at the Capitol Music Hall and the Westmoreland Symphony at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. He also took this show to St. Thomas, Aruba, Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan.
Walt also produced and performed his high energy school assembly program, “Wake Up Your Dreams.” This production was highly successful and well received by both students and faculty. Walt performed this program for hundreds of thousands of school age children in Pittsburgh, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, California and as far as Okinawa, Japan.
Discovering young, new talent has always been important to Walt. He mentored Christina Aguilera in the early stages of her career. She performed regularly as an opening act on his “Wake Up Your Dreams” concerts featuring The Marcels. He continues to seek out new talent and not long ago Vanessa Campagna, was brought to his attention. In three short years, this 11 year old singing sensation from Beaver Falls, Pa. has opened up for Wynona Judd, Clint Black, Vince Gill and Reba McIntire. Walt also has high hopes for Alexa Magnotto, Kelsey Wilson, B. Elle, and Brittany Ulrich, talented girls who he is currently recording for his Super M label.
Walt’s latest CD, “Walt Maddox Sings Favorites and More,” includes “Still, Three Times a Lady”,“Send In The Clowns”, “You Needed Me”, “Let’s Leave The Lights On”, “It Was Time For You To Leave Me”, “Hold Me Like You Never Had Me”, “Let’s Go To Bed Early and Stay Up All Night”, “At The End”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Little Boy.”