founding members of Eric Quincy Tate are Donnie
McCormick and Tommy Carlisle. Tommy and Donnie met
in 1963 when Tommy joined Donnie's band "The
Kings." The band had several regional hits
cutting for the Jox label in San Antonio,
playing in Texas, Eric Quincy Tate made a strong
impression on songwriter/artist/producer Tony Joe
White. White played an important role in getting
the band heard by Capricorn Records in Macon, GA.
Demos were recorded at Capricorn which caught the
ear of legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry
Wexler. In late 1969 EQT inked a management deal
with Phil Walden. They recorded their first album
for Cotillion Records (subsidiary of Atlantic
Records) with producers Tony Joe White, Jerry
Wexler and Tom Dowd. In 1970, their first album
titled "Eric Quincy Tate" was released on
early 1970s, EQT performed concerts with The Allman
Brothers Band. EQT also performed with, among
others, Little Walter, Ted Nugent, B.B. King,
Johnny Winter, Wet Willie, Dr. John, Tony Joe
White, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Papa John Creach, REO
Speedwagon and Yes.
1976 EQT released "Can't Keep A Good Band Down"
recorded live at The Whipping Post in Augusta, GA,
with Sonny Limbo producing in association with
Atlanta music icon Bill Lowery.
September 9, 2006, original EQT band members Donnie
McCormick, Tommy Carlisle, David Cantonwine, and
Wayne "Bear" Sauls, reunited for a 37th Anniversary
reunion show at Northside Tavern in Atlanta, GA.
Producer/Engineer Stevie Hawkins recorded and mixed
the historic performance for Emphasis Records, and
the album titled "Thirty-Seven" is the results of
show. This album is the last live recording made of
Eric Quincy Tate, as Donnie McCormick and guitarist
Wayne Sauls have both since passed away.