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Baby Tate biography



Baby Tate (January 28, 1916 – August 17, 1972) Biography Born Charles Henry Tate in Elberton, Georgia, Baby Tate served in the United States Army infantry during World War II in the south of England, and did not return to the Spartanburg/Greenville club circuit until 1946. Nevertheless, in 1950 Tate claimed to have recorded several (unreleased) tracks for the Kapp label. Relocating to Spartanburg, South Carolina, he performed solo before forming an occasional duo with Pink Anderson; a working relationship that endured through to the 1970s. Tate released his sole album, Blues of Baby Tate:See What You Done Done, in 1962, and twelve months later appeared in Sam Charters' documentary film The Blues. Throughout the 1960s Tate performed irregularly across the US. He appeared at a concert at the State University College at New Paltz, NY as a result of Lowry's efforts in Spring of 1972, as well as at a coffee house near Albany, NY. Tate died suddenly from the effects of a heart attack in the VA Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, in August 1972, at the age of 56. Smithsonian Folkways released a compilation album on February 16, 2010, titled Classic Appalachian Blues. It features the Baby Tate number, "See What You Done Done." Albums Blues of Baby Tate: See What You Done Done (1962) - Prestige/Bluesville, CD reissue Origin Blues Classics (OBC) (1995)