The World of Joe Tex

Singer, dancer, writer, preacher, rapper, comic and all around original...

Live and (very) lively

 

MURRAY THE K INTRODUCES JOE

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE RECORDINGS / TV SHOWS

AUDIO
1966
BROOKLYN FOX THEATRE, NEW YORK
Hold what you've got
You've got what it takes
Issued on album: Murray the K presents
Also recorded but not released:
A sweet woman like you
You better get it
S.Y.S.L.J.F.M

 

1967
LIVE AND LIVELY  (Album)

Not a live recording (like many supposed live albums in the 60's) but at least it was faked with a sense of style. The dubbed  laughter and crowd noises fit well with the funkier tracks and Skinny Legs and All sold well enough to justify the whole project. 

Joe warms to the theme adding spoken intros and asides to add to the live feel. The classic example is 'That's life' where Joe performs 2 encores to please the imaginary audience. We learn that the 'show' is in Detroit, everybody's looking good but Joe has to go because the Union man says he's out of time.

 

VIDEO
Joe made countless TV appearances. Those with surviving videos are listed here. Are there more somewhere? I hope so.

1965

SHINDIG

Hold what you've got  
Yes indeed (with Darlene Love)  
Keep on keeping on (part of medley)
- Aired March 3rd 1965
I got a woman
Do you love me  (with The Kingsmen, Brenda Holloway, Eddie Rambeau)
Treat her right (part of medley)
I want to (do everything for you)  
- Aired October 21st 1965

All live vocals. As well as singing his hits, Joe joins in medleys with The Kingsmen, Brenda Holloway and others. 

  

1966

THE BEAT!!!
Fresh out of tears
If sugar was as sweet as you
The love you save   
Hold what you've got
A sweet woman like you
All Joe's performances lipsynched, but some great dancing!
Great house band led by Clarence Gatemouth Brown but they're only miming  here.
The complete series of The Beat!!! has been issued on DVD by Bear Family
HULLABALLOO
The love you save

Superb performance, live vocal, some nice country piano in the backing.

 

 

1967/68

UPBEAT
Skinny legs and all
Live vocal and band, in colour. The brass section is up to 9 pieces (take that James Brown) and a conga player makes the rhythm section even funkier.
UNKNOWN
Skinny legs and all
Joe on a circular podium, lip synched

1969

SPANISH TV
Show me + interview
Green green grass of home
Skinny legs and all

Recorded in Madrid, introduction and interview by Joaquin Prat. 

THE JOE TEX SHOW 
Show me
Green green grass of home
Papa was too
That's your baby
I'll never do you wrong
Skip a rope
Skinny legs and all
Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden
FRENCH TV
Papa was too
By the time I get to Phoenix

Recorded at Gala De Clôture, 14th March 1969. In colour, as are all clips from this point on.

Three live shows from his 1969 European tour. As often happened, soul stars were given more due in Europe (James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield and others also got the star treatment with their own extended TV shows).
The 9 man band, with 6 piece brass section, are as tight as ever and easily recreate Joe's on record sound. Big plugs for Soul Country and the just released Happy Soul albums. Seems like the super fast version of Show me was the show opener on this tour. The microphone tricks really come out on Papa was too and Skinny Legs.
I agree with Dr Filth on WFMU that the Swedish show might be the ultimate Tex document. Every song is acted out to the max with humour, conviction and killer dance moves backed by a super funky band. 

JOHNNY CASH SHOW
Don't be cruel
Sure is good (live)
Impressions were a regular part of Joe's act and the opening brief Elvis take off may be the only surviving visual record.
After a brief chat with Johnny Cash, who later recorded Joe's Papa's Dream, Joe performs the multi-lingual Sure is good. Joe mentions the song was inspired by his European jaunt.

 

1972

SOUL TRAIN
I gotcha
Lip-synched but great dance duet with killa Soul Train dancer Damita-Jo Freeman.
UNKNOWN
I gotcha
When in doubt bring on the dancing girls, as Joe did in his stage shows. Three hooded lovelies assist Joe in this mimed performance of his biggest pop hit.

 

1977

SOUL TRAIN
Aint gonna bump no more (with no big fat woman)

Mimed but plenty of microphone tricks + genuine bumpin' big fat woman puts a hurtin' on Joe .

1978

GRAMMY AWARDS                                                                           Aint gonna bump no more (with no big fat woman)

Joe personally introduces his go-go dancers but they aren't enough to keep the camera away from the second stage comedy routines.  Some great microphone moves get lost in the cut aways.

1978/79

MUSIKLADEN
Loose caboose

A severe dose of Discomonia as Joe mimes to his final chart entry (which struggled to reach 48 in the R&B charts).  

 

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