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Transcript of interview with Johnny Pate and Jillean Williams by Claytee D. White, March 4, 2004


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Interview with Johnny Pate and Jillean Williams conducted by Claytee D. White on March 4, 2004. As a jazz pianist and composer, Pate was a close friend to legendary singer Joe Williams. Pate and Williams share fond memories of touring with Joe Williams and the Count Basie Orchestra, cruises on the Norwegian line, and playing at the Dunes. Williams recalls moving to Las Vegas with Joe in 1968 and their first home on the Las Vegas Country Club golf course, where they were visited by the likes of Joe Lewis, Perry Como, and Andy Williams. Pate also details his long career, which began with teaching himself piano, tuba, and bass fiddle in the Army, and progressed to arranging and composing, which led over time to record company deals and film scores. Teaching at UNLV, Pate continues the yearly benefit concert to raise money for the Joe Williams scholarship fund.

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Johnny Pate and Jillean Williams oral history interview, 2004 March 04. OH-01443. [Transcript] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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