Johnnie Pate

Arranger/producer Johnny Pate is an important figure in Chicago soul as well as pop/R&B music. Pate's name appears in the credits of classic hits by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions and acts on OKeh Records. He also arranged for numerous Chicago R&B labels of the '60s, including Nike Records (the Daylighters' "Cool Breeze," the Dolphins), Erman, as well as for New York-based Roulette Records (the Gifts' "It's Uncle Willie," "Treat Her Right," "Girl I Love You").

Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, in 1923, Pate learned to play piano and tuba as a child. Later while serving in the Army, he picked up the bass and learned arranging. He had stints with Coleridge Davis and Stuff Smith in the '40s. During the '50s, he was the resident arranger for the in-house band of Club Delisa. Recording for Federal as the Johnny Pate Quintet, the bandleader/arranger/bassist had a hit with "Swinging...

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Johnnie Pate Albums

2 records