Posted By Soultaker
I just found out today that Howard Tate passed away on December 2, 2011. I’m very sad to hear about this today. I felt that he was criminally under appreciated and you don’t hear his name mentioned enough.
You can say he had two singing careers. First, starting out on Verve in the mid 1960’s recording the classic album, “Get It While You Can” with producer Jerry Ragovoy, which was released in 1967. He later released in 1970, “Reaction” on the Turntable label. Then on Atlantic in 1972 he released one of my favorite albums, his “Self Titled album“, also produced by Jerry Ragovoy He would soon leave the music business behind after feeling that he was not being treated right or probably paid. From the 1970’s into the 1980’s, he would go through a lot of personal challenges. By the mid 1990’s though, he would rise above his hardships, becoming a minister in Willingboro, NJ.
He would then return to singing in 2003 with the album “Rediscovered” reuniting with Jerry Ragovoy who produced the album.
As I stated in the beginning of my post, Howard Tate deserves to be mention along side of all of the other Soul Legends from that era. He will be missed.
Here is my favorite song by him from his Atlantic self titled album called “The Bitter End”