Howard Tate, 'Get It While You Can'
Macon-born and Philadelphia-raised, Howard Tate never
went Top 10 even on the soul charts but is remembered along with James Carr as
the great lost soul man. "Ain't Nobody Home" became a B.B. King
perennial, "Look at Granny Run Run" was the best thing to happen to
senior sex till Levitra, and "Get It While You Can" was taken up as a
showstopper by none other than Janis Joplin. The album didn't chart at all. But Tate had a supernal falsetto shriek
to complement his rough howl, and writer-producer Jerry Ragovoy knew how to
milk them both – among other things, by adding two blues standards to his own
sharp songs, which even for a guy who retired on "Piece of My Heart"
got pretty peaky here.