Joe Tex – Initial Rapper

This day (August 13, 1982), in Navasota, Texas, died Joseph Arrington, Jr. a.k.a Joe Tex, an American Southern soul singer.

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Wikipedia : This day (August 13, 1982), in Navasota, Texas, died Joseph Arrington, Jr. a.k.a Joe Tex, an American Southern soul singer.

@allmusic : He was perhaps the most rustic and back-country of the soul stars, a role he played to the hilt by using turns of phrase that might have been heard on any ghetto street corner, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show the prototype.

@soulwalking : Joe said he would follow Allah and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, however, after Muhammad’s death in 1975, and with the approval and blessing of the Nation of Islam, Joe returned to show business in order to deliver the Nation of Islam’s message to his fans.

@last.fm : Tex’s last name was Arrington. He later changed it to Hazziez after conversion to Islam but his stage name was Joe Tex, for Texas, the state he was born & later died in. His breakthrough 1965 song “Hold What You’ve Got” topped both the Pop and R&B charts. In 1966 he released “I Believe I’m Gonna Make It”, which was the first major pop record associated with the Vietnam War.

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Video : Ain’T Gonna Bump No More (1977) . I Gotcha Soul Train (1971) . Skinny Legs And All . Joe Tex Live . The Love You Save (1966) . Hold What You’Ve Got (1965) . Yes Indeed (1965) .

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