A genuine "feel-good" story--a man rockets to the top, gets caught up in the Humbug, loses everything behind it, gets rediscovered, cleaned up and "promoted" by a good guy and 30 years after quitting the Biz, jumps up with some real good discs and a performing career. * Ron Weinstock's blog reminded me of all this: http://inabluemood.blogspot.com/2012...ward-tate.html Full story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Tate His split-in-2 discog::http://www.allmusic.com/artist/howar...45/discography << The earlier ones are unearthly expensive--YouTube is your friend...
Some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9PawalWXUk << That pic on the couch? When rediscovered he didn't have it nearly that good--homeless, destitute, and still actively addicted...and brought himself back w/ a bit of help and strong encouragement.
2 back-to-backs: vintage and modern versions of 2 excellent Jerry Ragavoy songs--give a listen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exwACq-aIus << This, folks, is one prophetic song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lXx3kZerUk << ex post facto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlxbxcR1el0 << Covered by a lotta folks, Jimi not least.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxQMUgU-nMY << live, all those years later
* I was privileged to see Mr. Tate in this later segment--worked a crowd like nobody else and in terrif voice including that falsetto..
Sorta Bonus: Written interview w/Jerry Ragavoy about Howard Tate.: http://www.soulexpress.net/howardtate.htm << If you like soul/R&B music, this looks to be a good resource.