Thursday, March 12, 2015

One If

Ed (The Great) Gates
E. White-M.Hurley
Publ. 4 Star Sales, BMI

You Are My Love
E. White-G.Love-M.Hurley
Publ. 4 Star Sales, BMI

4 Star 1712
September 1957


Ed Gates 
(cover of the Krazy Kat LP)

Edward Gates White was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1918. He moved with his family to the west coast in 1932.  He worked for a dry cleaning business until he turned professional in musiic.  
He started to record in the late forties. His records were released by Selective, Kappa, Miltone, Gotham, 4 Star, Rex Hollywood, Recorded in Hollywood, and States (in Chicago).  
From 1954 onwards,  Gates apppears to have been associated with Mark Hurley, a white entrepreneur based at Los Angeles.  With Hurley involved he recorded for Aladdin and again for 4 Star.   After that session he abandoned blues recording in favor of instrumental organ recordings of jazz rather than blues interest.  
Gates then changed from being a singer to an organist. As an organist he recorded for Speciality and Robins Nest.  In the eighties he was still living in Los Angeles and still singing and playing the Hammond organ at cocktail lounges, billed as "The Man On The Moon" and still using the name Ed Gates. 

His early sides were compiled on an album published by the Krazy Kat label (UK) in the mid-eighties (cover above)

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