The next single, the rousing "It's All Right," parked at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number four pop in fall 1963; it was followed by "Talking About My Baby," "I'm So Proud," "Keep on Pushing." The Keep on Pushing LP peaked at number eight pop in fall 1964. Pate produced and recorded most of their hits at Murray Allen's Universal Recording Studios in Chicago. The success of the Impressions led ABC-Paramount, the label that the group was signed with, to open a Chicago office on 14th and Michigan and appoint Pate as A&R director in 1964. One of the acts he signed, the Marvelows, had hits with "I Do" (number seven R&B) and "In the Morning." "I Do" was written by group members Melvin Mason, Johnny Paden, Frank Paden, Willie Stephenson, and Jesse Smith. The song was a number 24 pop hit for the J.
Geils Band in fall 1982. Other acts signed to ABC-Paramount through the Chicago branch were the Trends, the Kittens, and former VeeJay Records star Betty Everett ("Nothing I Wouldn't Do"). Post-Curtom In 1968, Pate began doing arrangements for Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label (the label's slogan was "We're a Winner"), whose roster included Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions and the Five Stairsteps. Pate left the label in 1972 and worked on numerous recordings including the classic 1978 quiet storm forerunner LP Words and Music by TV/movie/stage actress Lonette McKee on Warner Bros. Records.
Pate also made soundtracks for films including Shaft in Africa. In 2006, TNC Records released an 80th Birthday album in tribute to Pate. His song "Shaft in Africa", was sampled by producer Just Blaze, for the out-of-retirement Jay-Z single "Show Me What You Got". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Pate Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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