Performer: Joe Tex
Distributor: Gotham Distributing Corp.
Notes: Personnel: Joe Tex (vocals). Liner Note Author: David Nathan. Tex was one of the best and most versatile of Southern soul singers, one of the few who was able to survive into the disco era without really changing his style, as witness his hilarious 1976 hit, "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)," which differs from his 1967 "Skinny Legs And All" only by virtue of a slightly altered backbeat. This generous anthology serves up all his important work, from his breakthrough 1964 classic "Hold What You've Got" (Tex sings only the choruses; on the verses, he's essentially sermonizing, a trick which became one of his signatures) to his typically funny older-guy-with-young babe song "Buy a Book."
With strong ties to gospel, Joe Tex's '60s soul combined gritty funk with earnest preaching. His singing fearlessly swooped into upper registers, one moment smooth, and the next rough. He knew how to heat up and hold a crowd, skills he also used in his other occupation as a minister. He was a member of the soul supergroup the Soul Clan, which also featured Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Ben E. King, and Don Covay. Tex's career slowed considerably in the 1970s following a conversion to Islam, and in 1982 he died of a heart attack. He is still acknowledged as one of soul music's most energetic performers.
Also Appears On:
Brown, James Burke, Solomon Butler, Jerry Carr, James Clay, Otis Covay, Don Ernest, King Franklin, Aretha Green, Al (Vocals) Hayes, Isaac Killen, Buddy King, Ben E. Lowe, Nick McClain, Mighty Sam Patterson, Bobby (R&B) Pickett, Wilson Redding, Otis Sam & Dave Simon, Joe Taylor, Johnnie Thomas, Rufus Turner, Tina