The World of Joe Tex

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

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The good news is that Joe has been nominated again for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After four previous tries maybe this will be his lucky year. Help Joe achieve this long overdue and much deserved award by voting here.  You can add a new vote everyday so vote now and vote often! 

 

Hometown tribute

To mark 32 years since Joe’s passing, his hometown newspaper in Texas published a special tribute. The heartfelt piece, written by Joe’s surviving wife Bilaliah,  appeared in the Navasota Examiner in August 2014. Click here to read the full article.

   

Good love and bad feet!

I’ve been off the web for a while but the Tex catalogue keeps working. Iconic seventies rock band Steely Dan have been featuring Joe’s first R&B No.1, I want to do everything for you,  in their reunion shows. The same song has been recorded recently by country duo Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller and Detroit blues queen Janiva Magness.

 

Ever since it was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 film Death proof Joe’s civil rights anthem (and relationship guide) The love you save has found a new generation of fans. Recent versions include a moody, slowed down take by Jolie Holland and a cut from Canadian Josh Lake on his album Across 110th Street. Josh writes “This song has meant a lot to me for a long time. It talks about the main character being mis-treated, accused… But the message overall is …Don't fool around with love, it's a serious thing. Get it right, or please leave love alone.”  

 

I was glad to hear a new version of one of Joe’s most underrated comic songs Bad feet.  A true to life song on a universal subject, JW Lance provides his own take complete with a sermonette on feet. To quote JW; Feet is something everybody need! The First Lady can have bad feet too!  Joe would surely have approved.

 

On the Nightshift

 

Lee (Leroy) Hadley supplied sweet and funky guitar for Joe Tex on stage and on record for two decades. Check out Skinny Legs, Get back Leroy, Big fat woman and other songs to hear Joe give a shout out to his sidekick. Lee also played for Johnnie Taylor, ZZ Hill, Candi Staton and other soul greats.

Connect with Lee's Band at Nightshift.

 

 Sassy song wiggles to the top! 

A song that slumbered unheard and ignored since 1975 is proving to be one of Joe’s biggest successes.  Sassy sexy wiggle sneaked out as the B side of Under your powerful love, Joe’s comeback single after 3 years of Muslim preaching and fund raising. Powerful love was a modest hit (No.27 R&B) but Sassy received little airplay and remained unnoticed for over 30 years. Never making it to a vinyl LP, SSW finally saw daylight on CD in the 2011 Shout compilation, Singles A’s & B’s Vol.4. Maybe someone at Warner Bros films picked up a copy.  Producers of Magic Mike, the hit film starring Channing Tatum as a male stripper, saw the song’s potential for Channing and the boys.

Since the release of the film, which grossed over $100 million in 5 weeks, Joe’s raunchy song has seen plenty of action. It has been viewed over 30,000 times on YouTube and frequently appears in Joe’s top tracks on Amazon downloads and Spotify streams. The Magic Mike soundtrack album reached Billboard's Top 200 and Soundtrack charts. Joe may have written Sassy sexy wiggle as a tribute to a foxy lady (Shake it one time for the policeman!) but chances are the song will be forever associated with the Magic of Mike.

 

 

Film documentary out now

 

 

 

Long-time Joe fan Lance Shabazz has produced a documentary biography of the Dapper Rapper. Lance has spoken to numerous members of Joe’s family, band members and others to produce the most detailed film biography of JT yet created. Working purely for the love of Joe the amazingly generous Lance has made the DVD available for free to those who will supply shipping costs ($9.95). More details here

 

30th Anniversary

 

 

13th August 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the tragically early demise of one of the most distinctive artists in the history of R&B. It’s a shame that record companies have not picked up on the anniversary to highlight Joe’s groundbreaking work. However in the digital age the music is there for long-time fans and new converts to enjoy. Pick a Joe Tex song at random on Youtube and see if you don’t want more!