- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (11,17)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sphinx 3
American musician and singer-songwriter who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues. Tex's style of speaking over the background of his music helped to make him one of the predecessors of the modern style of rap music.
By the time he finally recorded his first hit, "Hold What You've Got", in 1964, he had recorded thirty prior singles that were deemed failures on the charts. Tex went on to have three million-selling hits, "Hold onto What You've Got" (1965), "Skinny Legs and All" (1967) and "I Gotcha" (1972).
Tex announced his retirement from show business in September 1972 to pursue life as a minister for Islam but returned to his music career in 1975, releasing the top 40 R&B hit, "Under Your Powerful Love." His last hit, "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)," was released in 1977 and peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 and #2 in the UK.
He had one daughter and four sons. On 13 August 1982, Joe Tex died at his home in Navasota, Texas, following a heart attack.