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Chicago Star Newspapers  
"If you really would like some hot jazz with charismatic female vocals, put on Pam Tate’s new LP,
Die Happy on Left Field Records. This is the kind of thing you’d expect to hear walking into a club
in the 40’s -- a big-sounding band, plenty of horns, and an emotion-drenched crooner carrying it all
along."
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Contemporary Jazz Review  
"One of the most engaging collections you’ve ever heard. That’s Pam Tate. A female B.B. King in
the making, based on this simmering, often cooking, stylish debut. That’s Pam Tate, too. Her tunes
are hot, her voice is powerful... she’s an original. That’s Pam Tate."
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Stereophile
“The strong compositions have lyrics as tough as they are tender, some with changes, melodies and
hooks memorable enough to make them instant classics, like ‘COUNTING THE HOURS,’ which
sounds like a 30-year-old R&B classic that’s been in Delbert McClinton’s repertoire for years.”
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Southland Blues Magazine  
"Full horn arrangements, some Jimmy Smith-ish organ, and a backing chorus on many of the
selections. Tate has one of those skyrocket-type voices that climbs for the high ones, and she uses it
to good effect."
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Maryland Musician Magazine  
"If you’re into the great blues stylists of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, look no further than Die Happy,
the debut release from this longtime favorite on the New York nightclub circuit."
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The New Jersey Record  
"Singer Pam Tate has pipes the White House would kill for. She’s an awesome belter with enough
power to fill an arena. At the Ballroom last Sunday night, she just about blew the walls off the
place."
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Journal-News' Diversions  
"The ten original tunes that make up Die Happy run the gamut of emotions, from jealousy to
vengefulness, but in the grandest blues tradition, always dealing with the passions of love and sex.
And the bluesiest numbers are also the sexiest... With Tate’s slick production, she shows us that
influences from the past can live up to modern musical standards. Die Happy may seem like a blast
from the past, but the blues -- as if we didn’t already know -- are timeless."
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Seattle Heritage Music Review
“Pam Tate has adapted a few classic songwriting concepts to create her own brand of tasteful, jazzy
offerings. ‘ONCE IN A BLUE MOON is evocative of the torch songs of Billie Holiday and Ella
Fitzgerald.”
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Cordele Dispatch  
"Tate’s influence can be traced to such blues and jazz legends as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and
Dinah Washington, but Tate updates those classic, timeless traditions by adding 90’s pop
sensibilities."
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Bucks County Courier Times  
"She comes to the recording scene with a deep and natural affinity for the blues and jazz. This
album showcases her splendidly in both formats and should cause more fans to flock to this singer,
who seems to empty her soul into every song. Watch for Pam Tate as a hot artist on the rise."
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Springfield's Arts & Entertainment Lifestyle Magazine  
"She proves on her self-produced debut album, Die Happy on Left Field Records, Pam Tate is a hell
of a blues singer. Pam pours out heartfelt emotions by the bucketsful. Die Happy displays Pam Tate’
s strong wide-ranging vocals, her steeped-in-tradition composing, and her knack for tasty, always
appropriate arrangements."
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New York Daily News  
"She is attractive. She probably has one big, wide, wonderful future to look forward to."
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Southland Blues Magazine
"Full horn arrangements, some Jimmy Smith-ish organ, and a backing chorus on many of the
selections. Tate has one of those skyrocket-type voices that climbs for the high ones, and she uses it
to good effect."
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The Mac Report  
"Die Happy puts me in an aggressive, feel-good-about-myself mood. I want to put on some clean
threads, walk in to a sassy club, and see her sitting on the edge of the piano in a slinky black dress...
bluesy, funky and she is one of the best piano bar slinky singers I’ve heard in a long time."
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Virginian Pilot & Ledger Star  
"A mighty impressive debut... Tate has a husky, full-bodied voice that is perfect for her brand of
modern blues, torch songs and cool jazz. She can soul-shout like an Aretha wannabe or turn it
down to a cool groove on several Steely Dan-style jazz shuffles. But along with her singing, Tate’s
musical sense shows a rare sophistication and confidence not found on many debuts. The songs,
arrangements and production are impeccable, bringing blues and ‘50s-style jazz up to modern
standards without sacrificing one beat or drop of emotion... Every song is a treat... in what promises
to be a bright future... Alternative Top 10."
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Raleigh News & Observer  
"Tate, eclectic and direct, suggests heart-on-the-sleeve singers such as Keely Smith, Aretha
Franklin and Ray Charles. A sultry, blues-inflected singer."
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Arts & Entertainment, Springfield, MO
“She writes and sings from her soul to make music that would have won over audiences in a
Roaring Twenties speakeasy, that hits the listener right in the heart today and that will sound just
as passionate and meaningful in some future era.”
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Richmond News Leader
“From the opening steamy blues on the title track, ‘DIE HAPPY,’ the slinky jazz arrangement
complete with finger snaps on ‘STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION’ to the sass of the closing
song ‘YOUR SECRET’S SAFE,’ Ms. Tate covers a wide stylistic territory with confidence.”
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Music Reviewer  
"If you like your blues smooth, give this a try."
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Ventura County & Coast Reporter  
"Sultry singer/songwriter who incorporates a bluesy/jazzy style plus a voice as big as all outdoors...
She’s got the tools to be rich."
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Leader Times  
"She sounds very much like Peggy Lee but this is all Pam Tate. It’s quite good."
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Springfield News Leader  
"An inspired set of jazzy blues... in the styles of Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Etta James.
Tate has the writing talent and the voice to do them justice."
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Cadence
“‘ONCE IN A BLUE MOON’ is the goods, a voluptuous, bluesy torch song.”
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Midwest Record Recap
“Entry in café new eleganza is a tasty find…some new adult hot stuff.”
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Deseret News
“Tate’s songs ‘A WOMAN SCORNED’ and ‘STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION’ are reminiscent
of other contemporary successes that brought…jazz to mass audiences, such as Manhattan
Transfer.”
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Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA
“Even if she couldn’t sing, Tate would have a future as a writer. Her songs are accessible and
memorable.”
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Cash Box
“…influences are Bessie Smith and Lady Day…if you want to pretend you’re in a smoky, NYC
nightclub, splurge.”
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Die Happy
DIE HAPPY, Pam's first CD of original songs was released by
independent label Left Field Records, to international acclaim and
radio play. Two singles received US Top 40 radio station play - Love
Is Strange and Do What You Wanta and her Once In A Blue Moon
became an instant classic, played on jazz and blues stations.  In
South Korea, Pam's title track, Die Happy, was featured on a Best of
the Blues compilation, sandwiched between Tony Bennett and Billie
Holiday. Music and Entertainment reviewer Alex Henderson wrote,
"Tate proves herself to be the type of singer who would have no
problem tackling Bobby "Blue" Bland's songs one minute and
paying tribute to Joe Williams or Count Basie the next..." Die
Happy won Pam Tate a cult following of blues and jazz aficionados
in the know.
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Counting The Hours
REVIEWS
Track List:
1. Die Happy
2. Do What You Wanta
3. Love Is Strange
4. Step in the Wrong Direction
5. Shadow of a Doubt
6. A Woman Scorned
7. Once in a Blue Moon
8. There's More Where You Came From
9. Counting The Hours
10. Your Secret's Safe
PERSONNEL

Willy Dalton - Guitar
Mike Mancini - Piano/Keyboards
John Hughes - Bass
Randy Landau - Bass
Dave Longworth - Drums
Vince Cherico - Drums
Robin Daniels - Vocals/Percussion
Diane Spann-Miller - Vocals
Margaret Dorn - Vocals
Jenny Burgoyne - Vocals
Peter Davis - Vocals
Kevin Osborne - Vocals
Vinnie Cutro - Trumpet/Flugelhorns
Byron Stripling - Trumpet/Flugelhorns
Conrad Zulauf Jr. - Trombone
Tom Hamilton - Saxophone
Pam Tate - Lead Vocals

Horn Arrangements - Willy Dalton
Engineered by Jeremy Harris at
Westrax Studio, NYC
Assistant Engineer - Anthony J. D'Urso
Produced by Left Field Records