|Birth name||Joseph Arrington, Jr.|
|Also known as||Yusuf Hazziez|
|Born||August 8, 1935
Rogers, Texas, United States
|Origin||Baytown, Texas, United States|
|Died||August 13, 1982 (aged 47)
Navasota, Texas, United States
|Genres||Rock’n’roll, R&B, soul, southern soul, deep soul, country soul,funk, disco, rap|
|Labels||King Records, Ace Records,Dial Records, Atlantic Records,Mercury Records, Epic Records|
Joseph Arrington, Jr. (August 8, 1935– August 13, 1982), better known as “Joe Tex“, was an American musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues.
Born in Rogers, Texas, and raised in Baytown, Tex’s career started after he was signed to King Records in 1955 following four wins at the Apollo Theater. Between that year and 1964, however, Tex struggled to find hits and by the time he finally recorded his first hit, “Hold What You’ve Got“, in 1965, he had recorded thirty prior singles that were deemed failures on the charts. Tex went on to have three million-selling hits, “Hold What You’ve Got” (1965), “Skinny Legs and All” (1967) and “I Gotcha” (1972).
Tex’s style of speaking over the background of his music helped to make him one of the predecessors of the modern style of rap music.
From allmusic (Dave Marsh):
Joe Tex made the first Southern soul record that also hit on the pop charts (“Hold What You’ve Got,” in 1965, made number five in Billboard). His raspy-voiced, jackleg preacher style also laid some of the most important parts of rap’s foundation. He is, arguably, the most underrated of all the ’60s soul performers associated with Atlantic Records, although his records were more likely than those of most soul stars to become crossover hits.
Read more here – allmusic.com
Hold On What You’ve Got @ Shindig in 1965:
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