Joe Tex

Genres: Easy Listening Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtrack
Tags: soul funk rhythm and blues blues oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Arrington Jnr., 8 August 1933, Rogers, Texas, USA, d. 13 August 1982, Navasota, Texas, USA. The professional career of this popular singer began onstage at the Apollo. He won first place in a 1954 talent contest and duly secured a record deal. Releases on King Records, Ace Records and the Anna labels were derivative and disappointing, but Tex meanwhile honed his songwriting talent. James Brown’s version of ‘Baby You’re Right’ (1962) became a US R&B number 2, after which Tex was signed by Buddy Killen, a Nashville song publisher, who in turn established Dial as a recording outlet. Although early releases showed promise, it was not until 1965 that Tex prospered. Recorded at Fame and distributed by Atlantic Records, ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got’ was a US Top 5 hit. The first of several preaching singles, its homely values were maintained on ‘A Woman Can Change A Man’ and ‘The Love You Save (May Be Your...

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