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Patrick Moten

Anita BakerBobby WomackRosie GainesJohnnie Taylor

b. Patrick Lawrence Moten, 17th March 1957, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

d. 22nd November 1999, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Patrick Moten was a multi talented songwriter, arranger, producer and pianist.

Patrick was born and grew up in Los Angeles and later resided in Marina Del Rey in California.

At an early age there were early signs of an interest and ability in music.

He studied classical music with Lucille B. Hughly and Professor William Wilkins, but switched to soul music after witnessing Billy Preston perform at a local club.

Patrick then formed a band that opened for major soul acts like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Rufus, the Dramatics, the Young Hearts, Donny Hathaway, Natalie Cole, New Birth, Undisputed Truth, B.B. King, and others.

Later he travelled the world on a Tina Turner tour, and her ex-husband, Ike, instructed him with recording and engineering.

Through Ike Turner, he befriended Bobby Womack, working with him on many projects, including both 'Poet ' albums and another with Sam Cooke's daughter, Linda Cooke (Womack).

Patrick then wrote 'Love Has Finally Come At Last' for Bobby Womack and Patti LaBelle.

He produced Johnnie Taylor's 'Just Ain't Good Enough' on Beverly Glen Records in 1982 (featuring 'What About My Love'), and played a major role on Anita Baker's 'Songtress' album, co-writing 'Angel', 'You're The Best Thing Yet' and 'Will You Be Mine'.

In 1987, he wrote several songs for Rosie Gaines for an album entitled 'No Sweeter Love' (featuring the excellent track 'Crazy'), that was subsequently shelved at the time, later to be resurrected by the Expansion label in the UK in the year 2000.

Patrick penned nearly 60 registered compositions and toured with a jazz showcase featuring Joe Sample, Lalah Hathaway, and Gerald Albright.

Patrick also toured with Frankie Beverly and Maze and additionally wrote tunes for Mica Paris, Tone Loc and the late Sarah Vaughn.

He continued the liaison with Anita Baker on her 'Rhythm Of Love' album.

Patrick was a Prince Hall Freemason in California.

Sadly, Moten passed away on 22nd November 1999 from liver failure.

He was 42 years old. A real shame.

Patrick Moten

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