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James W. Tate

(1875—1922) composer and songwriter


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b. 30 July 1875, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, d. 5 February 1922, London, England. Tate and his half-sister Margaret hoped for classical music careers; she became famous as opera singer Maggie Teyte. Tate turned to songwriting, becoming very successful. He staged a few musical shows and was orchestral conductor for many. Early in his career he met and married music hall star, Lottie Collins (b. 1865, d. 1910), with whom he toured in The White Blackbird (1898). In 1902 he staged Coralie Et Cie for her at the Islington Grand Theatre, London. Some of the songs for which he composed the music were interpolated into musicals: ‘Instinct’ and ‘And So Did Eve’, in Sergeant Brue (1904), with lyricist Ballard MacDonald he wrote the immensely popular ‘If I Should Plant A Tiny Seed Of Love (In The Garden Of Your Heart)’ (1909), and equally successful was 1914’s ‘I Was A Good Little Girl Till I Met You’, with Clifford Harris. Between 1913 and 1916 Tate composed for revues such as I Should Worry, A Year In An Hour, Samples (the latter including his song ‘Broken Doll’), Some (from which came ‘Ev’ry Little While’), This And That (which starred his new wife Clarice Mayne), and High Jinks.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

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