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Florida-born, Jackson, Ms-raised vocalist Tommy

Tate debuted on Rise in 1964, and continued

recording one-off singles for Okeh, Verve, Atco,

Musicor, ABC-Paramount and Big Ten before

joining the Nightingales at Stax in 1970. A couple of

years later, the Stax-distributed label KOKO signed

him directly as a solo artist and he had a Top 30 R&B

single with "School of Life" in 1972. KOKOís close

relationship with Stax is evident in the production of

Tateís recordings (as well as his label mateís Luther

Ingram), which were usually done in Muscle Shoals.
 

Tommy Tate recorded seventeen tracks for KOKO

during seventies, all of which are included here, and

all of which he co-wrote. However, KOKO never

released an album, nor did they issue more than a

handful of singles. During this period, KOKOís other

artist, Luther Ingram broke out in a major way with ď(If

Loving You is Wong) I Donít Want to be RightĒ. The

labelís management put all their resources behind

Ingram, and asked Tate to put his recording

ambitions on hold and concentrate instead on writing

hits for Luther.
 

After the demise of Stax and KOKO, Tate recorded

for Sundance, Juana, Urgent, and Ichiban, but his

real success came from writing songs for artists

signed to Malaco Records (Z.Z. Hill, Bobby Blue

Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Denise LaSalle,

Dorothy Moore, etc.).
 

Tommy Tateís singing and songwriting career came

to an unfortunate and premature end in 2002 when

he suffered a debilitating stroke. But he continues to

gain new fans as his recordings keep appearing in

compilations and new formats


 

YOU BROUGHT ME FROM A MIGHY LONG WAY

ALWAYS

HARD TIMES S.O.S

HELP ME LOVE

I AINíT GONNA WORRY

I JUST CANíT BELIEVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME

I REMEMBER

IíM SO SATISFIED

IDENTITY

IF YOU AINíT MAN ENOUGH

IF YOU GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY

IT AINíT NO LAUGHING MATTER

ITíS A BAD SITUATION

MORE POWER TO YOU

REVELATIONS

SANITY

SCHOOL OF LIFE


 


 

 

 

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