Howard Tate

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US rhythm & blues and soul singer.

Howard Tate was born August 13, 1939 in Macon Georgia, but his family relocated to Philadelphia when he was just a few years old. In his teens he befriended Garnet Mimms and joined him in his gospel group called The Gainors. Mimms also introduced him to songwriter and producer Jerry Ragovoy who recorded Tate and secured a deal at Verve Records, who released the album Get It While You Can, and a total of nine singles between 1964 and 1968. Three of the singles became top 20 rhythm & blues hits, including “Get It While You Can” which was later recorded by Janis Joplin. In 1972 he released a self-titled album for Atlantic, also produced by Ragavoy.

He later walked away from his career, feeling that he was not receiving the royalties he deserved, and he became an insurance salesman in suburban Philadelphia.

Then, his daughter died in a fire, and his marriage fell apart. He began drinking heavily, then became addicted to crack, and ended up homeless in Camden, N.J. Ragavoy even thought he'd died. But by the mid-1990s Tate had overcome his addictions and become a minister. In 2003 he released the album “Rediscovered,” with Mr. Ragovoy once again writing and producing, and the album was nominated for a Grammy for best contemporary blues record. Over the next five years Mr. Tate toured and released four more albums.

He died on December 2, 2011 at his apartment in Burlington, N.J at the age of 72.
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Albums

VLP. 9179 Howard Tate - Get It While You Can album art Howard Tate Get It While You Can (Album, Comp) Verve Records VLP. 9179 UK 1967 Sell This Version
TTS-5002 Howard Tate - Howard Tate's Reaction album art Howard Tate Howard Tate's Reaction (Album) Lloyd Price's Turntable TTS-5002 US 1970 Sell This Version
SD 8303 Howard Tate - Howard Tate album art Howard Tate Howard Tate (Album) Atlantic SD 8303 US 1972 Sell This Version
82876-52692-2 Howard Tate - Rediscovered album art Howard Tate Rediscovered (Album) Private Music, BMG 82876-52692-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
SG1001 Howard Tate - A Portrait Of Howard album art Howard Tate A Portrait Of Howard(CD, Album) Solid Ground Productions SG1001 US 2006 Sell This Version
DK 10045 Howard Tate - Live album art Howard Tate Live(CD, Album) Shout! Factory DK 10045 US 2006 Sell This Version
ECD 26137-2 Howard Tate - Blue Day album art Howard Tate Blue Day(CD) Evidence (5) ECD 26137-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
APO 009 Howard Tate - Howard Tate album art Howard Tate Howard Tate(12", Album, 180) APO Records (2) APO 009 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

510, 511 Howard Tate - Half A Man  album art Howard Tate Half A Man (7", Single) Utopia (12), Utopia (12) 510, 511 US 1965 Sell This Version
VK 10464 Howard Tate - Look At Granny Run Run / Half A Man album art Howard Tate Look At Granny Run Run / Half A Man (Single) Verve Records VK 10464 US 1966 Sell This Version
VS 541 Howard Tate - Ain't Nobody Home album art Howard Tate Ain't Nobody Home (Single) Verve Records VS 541 UK 1966 Sell This Version
58 514 Howard Tate - Look At Granny Run Run / Baby, I Love You album art Howard Tate Look At Granny Run Run / Baby, I Love You (Single) Verve Records 58 514 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
VS 555 Howard Tate - Baby, I Love You album art Howard Tate Baby, I Love You (Single) Verve Records VS 555 UK 1967 Sell This Version
VS 556 Howard Tate - I Learned It All The Hard Way album art Howard Tate I Learned It All The Hard Way (Single) Verve Records VS 556 UK 1967 Sell This Version
VS 552 Howard Tate - Get It While You Can / Glad I Knew Better album art Howard Tate Get It While You Can / Glad I Knew Better (Single) Verve Records VS 552 UK 1967 Sell This Version
58 521 Howard Tate - Stop / Shoot 'Em All Down album art Howard Tate Stop / Shoot 'Em All Down (Single) Verve Records 58 521 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
26 502 Howard Tate - Look At Granny Run Run album art Howard Tate Look At Granny Run Run(7", EP) Verve Records 26 502 France 1967 Sell This Version
26 504 Howard Tate - Get It While You Can + 3 album art Howard Tate Get It While You Can + 3(7", EP) Verve Records 26 504 France 1967 Sell This Version
VK-10604 Howard Tate - Night Owl / Everyday I Have The Blues album art Howard Tate Night Owl / Everyday I Have The Blues (Single) Verve Records VK-10604 US 1968 Sell This Version
DV-1021 Howard Tate - Sweet Love Child / I'm Your Servant album art Howard Tate Sweet Love Child / I'm Your Servant (Single) Verve Records DV-1021 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
V 2081 Howard Tate - Stop / Shoot 'Em All Down album art Howard Tate Stop / Shoot 'Em All Down(7") Verve Records V 2081 South Africa 1968 Sell This Version
TT-505 Howard Tate - That's What Happens album art Howard Tate That's What Happens (Single) Lloyd Price's Turntable TT-505 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
TT 507 Howard Tate - Have You Ever Had The Blues / Plenty Of Love album art Howard Tate Have You Ever Had The Blues / Plenty Of Love Lloyd Price's Turntable TT 507 US 1970 Sell This Version
TT 508 Howard Tate - My Soul's Got A Hole In It / It's Too Late album art Howard Tate My Soul's Got A Hole In It / It's Too Late (Single) JAD TT 508 US 1970 Sell This Version
45-2836 Howard Tate - Keep Cool (Don't Be A Fool) / Strugglin' album art Howard Tate Keep Cool (Don't Be A Fool) / Strugglin' (Single) Atlantic 45-2836 US 1971 Sell This Version