Tommy Tate’s music career
came to an unfortunate and premature end in
2002 when he suffered a debilitating stroke.
His repertoire, starting in the mid-sixties,
includes numerous releases on ABC-Paramount,
Verve, Atco, Musicor, Okeh, and KoKo (Stax),
plus the dozens of songs he wrote for others
(James Carr, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie
Taylor, Little Milton, et al).
“Get It Over Anyway” and
“Stand By Me” were recorded with Tim
Whitsett’s Imperial Show Band in the 1960s;
they show off the young Tommy Tate in full
throat, ready to go one on one with Wilson
Pickett, Ben E. King, and other contemporary
soul men of this era.