Joe Tex

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a.k.a. Joseph Arrington, Jr.

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Legal name: Joseph Arrington, Jr.


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 1964, he had recorded thirty prior singles that were deemed failures on the charts. Tex went on to have four million-selling hits, "Hold What You've Got" (1965), "Skinny Legs and All" (1967), "I Gotcha" (1972), and "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)" (1977).

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.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1965 Hold What You've Got 1
1966 I've Got to Do a Little Bit Better 1
1966 The Love You Save 1
1968 Live and Lively 1
1969 Buying A Book 1
1970 Sings With Strings & Things 1
1972 I Gotcha 1
1977 Bumps & Bruises 2
1978 Rub Down 1
1979 He Who Is Without Funk Cast the First Stone 1
2001 The Love You Save / I've Got to Do a Little Bit Better 1
2002 Live and Lively / Soul Country 1
Bump To The Funk 1
From the Roots... Came the Rapper 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1967 The Best of Joe Tex Compilation 1
1988 The Very Best of Joe Tex Compilation 1
1988 I Believe I'm Gonna Make It! (The Best of Joe Tex) Compilation 1
1994 Skinny Legs and All Compilation 1
1996 The Very Best of Joe Tex Compilation 1
2000 25 All-Time Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2002 Buying a Book Compilation 1
2003 This Is Gold Compilation 1
2005 25 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2008 Get Way Back: The 1950s Recordings Compilation 1
2008 First on the Dial: Early Singles and Rare Gems Compilation 1
2010 Singles A's & Bs Vol 2 1967 - 1968 Compilation 1
Complete Dial Recordings, Volume 4 Compilation 1
Golden Classics Compilation 1
Grand Master of Soul Compilation 1
Greatest Hits Compilation 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1966 S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song) / I'm a Man 1
1968 Chocolate Cherry / Betwixt and Between 1

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Year Title Rating Releases
1972 The History of... Joe Tex 1

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