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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
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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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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
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 & Arranged by Pam Tate for
Left Field Records