'What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others'. Pericles (495 - 429 b.c.)
b. Tommy Lee Tate, 29th September 1945, Homestead, Florida, U.S.A.
d. 20th January 2017, Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.
The Soul, R&B, drummer, singer & songwriter, Tommy Tate, has died. Tommy was 71.
Tommy recorded three albums for the Malaco, Juana and Urgent! imprints.
These were ‘Hold On’ (in 1979), ‘Tommy Tate’ (in 1981) and ‘Love Me Now’ (in 1990).
His debut 45, ‘Ordinarily’ b/w ‘’What’s The Matter’ was released in 1965 on ABC Records.
Tommy also sang in the group’s, Tommy & The Derby's (line-up: Tommy Tate, Dorothy Moore, Cliff Thomas, Ed Thomas, Patsy McKewn and Rosemary Taylor), The Turrabull Brothers, Tim Whittset and The Imperial Showband featuring Tommy Tate.
In 1970, he had joined the groups The Nightingales and (later) Southern Passion.
His, Frederick Knight produced, self titled, 1981 album was re-issued on Timeless Records in 1987, and featured Tommy’s take on the Joe Shamwell original, ‘Listen To The Children’ (also recorded by the Controllers in 1978).
b. Richard Ingui, 1947, U.S.A.
d. 13th January 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Richie Ingui, one of the founding members of the group, The Soul Survivors, has died. Richie was 70.
The causes of his passing have not yet been confirmed.
The Soul Survivors recorded the 1967 top 5 hit ‘Expressway to Your Heart’.
The song helped launch the careers of Philadelphia International Records producersand songwriters, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
The group were formed in New York City in 1965 by Richie and his brother Charlie Ingui, along with Kenny Jeremiah.
The Soul Survivors were originally known as the Dedications, a group formed in 1962.
‘Expressway’ went on to reach number 4 on the Billboard listings.
The single remained on the singles chart for 15 weeks total.
The group went on to perform with the likes of Jackie Wilson, The Miracles, Sam and Dave, Janis Joplin, the Beach Boys and Sly and the Family Stone.
The Soul Survivors went their separate ways in 1970, Charlie and Richie performed in other groups, as well as singing in a reformed version of the Soul Survivors.
Richie worked as a painter and decorator for a while, after the groups separation.
In 2013, The Soul Survivors were honored by Philadelphia International Records with the annual Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award at Citizens Bank Park.
b. Sylvester Potts, 1938, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 6th January 2017, Detroit Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
The Soul singer, Sylvester Potts, has died. Sylvester was 78.
Sylvester was a vocalist in the group The Contours for over 50 years.
He had recently been performing with the group, under the name Sylvester Potts and the Contours.
Sylvester joined the group in 1961.
...those who left us in 2016...