Johnny Pate

John William "Johnny" Pate (born December 5, 1923, Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former jazz bassist who became a producer, arranger, and leading figure in Chicago soul, pop, and rhythm and blues.

He learned piano and tuba as a child and later picked up the bass guitar. He learned arranging while serving in the United States Army.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1923 (Chicago Heights)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1968 - 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 120686 7/31/1968 People Jackie Wilson arranger  
Decca 120687 7/31/1968 Power of my baby Jackie Wilson arranger  
Decca 120688 7/31/1968 Don't go to strangers Jackie Wilson arranger  
Decca 120689 7/31/1968 Who can I turn to (When nobody needs me) Jackie Wilson arranger  
Decca 120690 7/31/1968 For once in my life Jackie Wilson arranger  
Decca 120691 7/31/1968 You keep me hanging on Jackie Wilson arranger  
Decca 121403 3/19/1969 For once in my life- 1, 2, 3 Erma Franklin arranger  
Decca 121983 8/12/1969 That lucky old sun (Just rolls around heaven all day)-1 Jackie Wilson arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pate, Johnny," accessed July 25, 2021,

Pate, Johnny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from

"Pate, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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