|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||sentimental gentle 70s pop male vocalists melancholia singer-songwriter rockabilly 70s pop oklahoma classic rock|
|Decades:||1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
11 December 1940, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Having played in a home town high school band alongside Leon Russell, Gates followed his former colleague to Los Angeles. He initially pursued a career as a rockabilly singer, recording a series of locally issued singles including Swinging Baby Doll (1958), which featured Russell on piano, and My Babys Gone Away (1961). He later switched to studio work, and appearances on sessions for Duane Eddy and Pat Boone preceded a fruitful period in the budding girl-group genre. Gates produced and/or composed a string of excellent releases, notably Merry Claytons Usher Boy, the Murmaids Popsicles And Icicles, Dorothy Berrys Youre So Fine (all 1963), Shelley Fabares He Dont Love Me and Connie Stevens A Girl Never Knows (both 1964).
Having founded, then closed, the...