1975 The Cate Brothers – Cate Bros

cate-brother-the-1975Their self-titled debut album released in 1975 was produced by guitarist Steve Cropper. He also performed on the record along with Levon Helm, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Poco bass guitarist Timothy B. Schmit (who later joined the Eagles). The album contained the duo’s only Top 40 single, “Union Man”, which spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #24 in May 1976.

The Cate Brothers
are the singer-songwriter-musician duo of Earl and Ernest (Ernie) Cate (born December 26, 1942), twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who in the mid-1960s became performers of country soul music at clubs and dances in Arkansas and elsewhere in the mid-South of the United States. Both brothers are singers, with Earl playing guitar and Ernie playing piano. They were recording artists during the mid- to late 1970s and again from the mid-1990s through the first decade of the 2000s.

In their hometown of Fayetteville in the 1950s, where rock-and-roll pioneer Ronnie Hawkins had also grown up during the 1940s, Hawkins owned and operated the Rockwood Club. Other early rock musicians came to play there, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty.

During the late 1950s the Cate brothers associated with Hawkins and his band, the Hawks, including drummer Levon Helm. In 1958 Hawkins and his band left Arkansas and settled in Canada. Later the Hawks went on to form the Band.

In 1975, Helm introduced the Cate brothers to a record company representative in Los Angeles. The brothers soon after received a recording contract with Asylum Records, and so began their recording career.

Tracks

1  Time For Us (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 3:48
Union Man (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate, Steve Cropper) 4:43
3  Standin’ On A Mountain Top (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 4:10
4  Always Waiting (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 3:10
5  When Love Comes (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 3:52
6  I Just Wanna Sing (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 4:38
7  Can’t Change My Heart (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 2:44
8  Easy Way Out (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 3:49
9  Lady Luck (Earl Cate, Ernie Cate) 3:48

Media

Musicians

1 Time For Us

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarEarl Cate
PianoErnie Cate
SynthesizerCarl Marsh
SynthesizerErnie Cate
Background VocalsBrooks Hunnicut
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsEarl Cate
VocalsErnie Cate


2 Union Man

BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarl Cate
GuitarSteve Cropper
ClavinetDavid Foster
PianoErnie Cate
PercussionGary Coleman
VocalsErnie Cate


3 Standin’ On A Mountain Top

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsLevon Helm
GuitarEarl Cate
GuitarSteve Cropper
ClavinetDavid Foster
PianoErnie Cate
PianoDavid Foster
SynthesizerErnie Cate
VibraphoneGary Coleman
Background VocalsEarl Cate
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
VocalsErnie Cate


4 Always Waiting

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarEarl Cate
PianoErnie Cate
PianoDavid Foster
SynthesizerErnie Cate
SynthesizerDavid Foster
VocalsErnie Cate


5 When Love Comes

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarEarl Cate
OrganWilliam Smith
SynthesizerErnie Cate
Background VocalsEarl Cate
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
VocalsErnie Cate


6 I Just Wanna Sing

BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarl Cate
ClavinetDavid Foster
PianoErnie Cate
SynthesizerErnie Cate
SynthesizerDavid Foster
PercussionKing Errisson
Background VocalsEarl Cate
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
VocalsErnie Cate


7 Can’t Change My Heart

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarEarl Cate
GuitarSteve Cropper
OrganDavid Foster
PianoErnie Cate
SynthesizerErnie Cate
Background VocalsEarl Cate
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
VocalsErnie Cate


8 Easy Way Out

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsNigel Olsson
GuitarEarl Cate
OrganWilliam Smith
PianoErnie Cate
SynthesizerErnie Cate
VibraphoneGary Coleman
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsBrooks Hunnicut
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
Background VocalsEarl Cate
VocalsErnie Cate


9 Lady Luck

BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarl Cate
ClavinetErnie Cate
PianoDavid Foster
SynthesizerCarl Marsh
SynthesizerErnie Cate
Background VocalsBrooks Hunnicut
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
Background VocalsEarl Cate
VocalsErnie Cate


10 Livin’ On Dreams

BassBob Glaub
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarEarl Cate
GuitarSteve Cropper
ClavinetWilliam Smith
PianoErnie Cate
SynthesizerErnie Cate
VibraphoneGary Coleman
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsEarl Cate
Background VocalsTerry Cagle
VocalsErnie Cate

Liner Notes

Producer – Steve Cropper
Engineer – Barry Rudolph
Remix – Barry Rudolph, Steve Cropper

Art Direction – Glen Christensen
Photography By – Gribbitt!, Henry Diltz

Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Produced For – Midnight Hour Music
Recorded At – Clover Recorders