Biography:Jim Pate

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Jim Pate

 Given name:     James
 Middle name:     Rankin
 Family name:     Pate
 Place of birth:     Shelby County, Texas
 Place of death:     Chireno, Texas
 Year of birth:     1867
 Year of death:     1935
 Profile:     Musician
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Biographical notes

James "JIm" Rankin Pate was born August 8th, 1867, the son of a Confederate veteran. He resided in Shelby and Nacogdoches counties, Texas, and an energetic and masterful old-Texas style fiddler. He competed regularly at the old-time fiddle contests at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, and a newspaper clipping from the Shreveport Times of Oct. 29, 1922, includes a photograph of the contestants and the first-place winner, Jim Pate of Timpson. As the family relates, he won the contest so many times he was banned from it. In 1929 Jim Pate, along with his son and guitar player, Tom, were invited to Dallas to record at the invitation of Captain James Bonner, himself a renowned fiddler and Victor recording artist. Although it is not known how many pieces the Pates may have played in the session, Victor only released two sides, "Prisoner Boy" and "Texas Farewell." The records sold 3,591 copies, an average number for a new country music artist, but not enough to be invited back for another recording session. Their 78 RPM recordings are extremely rare nowadays.