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Joe Tex

Joe Tex
Born: Aug 8, 1933 in Rogers, TX
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Died: Aug 13, 1982 in Navasota, TX
Genre: R&B, Other
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography
From the Roots Came the Rapper
Released: 1972
Label: Kent
Critics' Rating:
The era this material represents wasn't an artistic or commercial high-water mark in Tex's career, although it's OK. Like his late-'60s sides, it bridges smooth soul with funk and anticipates rap, though ...Read full review
The New Boss
Released: 1966
Label: Atlantic
Critics' Rating:
While he was one of the leading lights of the Southern soul scene of the 1960's, Joe Tex never made a secret of his fondness for country music, and on his 1966 set The New Boss, Tex allowed his C&W influences ...Read full review