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Howard Tate – a gifted 1960s soul singer who left the music business after his now-beloved records were ignored, only to reemerge decades later to a cult following – died earlier this month of multiple myeloma and leukemia, reports Billboard. He was 72.
Few details have been released, but Rolling Stone is reporting that Tate died on Dec. 2.
Born in Georgia and raised in Philadelphia, Tate began singing gospel music as a child but gravitated to R&B by the time he released his classic debut album, “Get It While You Can,” on Verve Records in 1967. Standout tracks that endeared Tate to critics included “Ain’t Nobody Home,” Look at Granny Run Run” and his debut’s title track, which was soon covered by Janis Joplin.