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Born in Chicago Heights, USA, 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 Shepherd Blues," which hit… read more

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  • Avatar for Slavomir
    What a GREAT tracks!!!
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    Take a trip to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! Go now: My MP3 Shared Virtual Disk on 4shared Site: Jr. and sons
  • Avatar for Silke_Neryn
    'Outrageous' is just that. Outrageously great.
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    This dude owns.
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    A musical genius! Yes -- he is a GOD! Love you Mr. Pate!
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    awsome musician with original rich soul. one of the gods ya.

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