1967 marked a slight slowdown in the
Joe recorded enough to release five new singles in the year including his biggest pop hit since Hold what you’ve got. At a February recording session Joe completed Show me, claiming that speedy writing was the reason for repetition in the song. Nevertheless the song with the stomping beat became one of Joe’s most recorded compositions internationally, particularly by pop and rock acts. Show me became one of Joe’s most popular records in
By now Joe was travelling with a ‘ten piece show band’, a revue complete with singers Danny White and Shirley Walton (also from Baytown), MC Tony Rice, the Texette A-Go-Go-Girls and the Clyde Williams Orchestra. However the pressure seemed to be getting to Joe when he said to writer Mike Oberman “I would like to spend to spend more time with my wife and (two year old) son. I was on the road when my son was born. He knows who his daddy is but he never sees him.”
The next two singles Woman like that, yeah and A woman’s hands continued Joe’s analysis of man’s treatment of the fairer sex and were solid if unspectacular hits. Reflecting views he later put into song Joe told Oberman, “My songs are very deep. Kids don’t want to think – they want to dance. That’s why my things sell mainly to adults”.
However the real smash was just around the corner. In September Joe and Buddy decamped to
In 1972 Joe said the song was inspired by a woman in
Most of Joe’s post Hold what you’ve got hits had hit the mid ranges of the pop charts but Skinny legs sailed passed them making No.10 pop and No.2 R&B. The track also started a trend for comedy routines over funky beats; Here come the judge hit big for both Pigmeat Markham and Shorty Long in 1968.
The success of Skinny legs with it’s dubbed on crowd effects inspired Dial to package Joe’s next album as a live show even if it was all cut in a studio. In a late 1967 session Joe recorded Love is a hurtin’ thing and That’s life with spoken introductions and mock encores to create the live feel.
Joe had cut Hold what you’ve got on
British fans had their hopes raised again after seeing adverts for Big Beat ’67 featuring “Joe Tex with
Joe did make it to
Joe closed out the year on a positive note in his adopted home town of Baton Rouge. The city ran a Head Start program for underprivileged pre-school children. The Baton Rouge Advocate noted that, as well as donating funds to the program, Joe passed out gifts of of clothing to over a thousand local children and gave a Christmas party for two thousand youngsters. Such charitable work would later earn Joe the key to the city.