Howard Tate, the US soul singer who enjoyed success in the 60s and 70s before becoming homeless and ultimately returning to fame in the past decade, has died at the age of 72. He suffered complications from multiple myeloma and leukemia.
Tate was a prolific songwriter during the 60s, his work covered by the likes of Janis Joplin, but he also recorded frequently. From 1966 to 1968, he produced some of the most sophisticated soul recordings of the period, many of them co-written with Jerry Ragovoy.
Retiring from music in the late 70s, Tate developed a dependency on drugs and lived in a homeless shelter for many years before he was rediscovered in 2001. He went on to record a number of new, well-received albums.