Joe Tex

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1990 (The 1991 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 1998   2006   2007   2011   2017   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Hold What You've Got (1964)
I Gotcha (1972)

Joe Tex @ Wikipedia

Joe Tex Videos

Will Joe Tex be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


12 comments so far (post your own)

It's time to give the late Joe his due. REALLY. One of the best soul performers ever.

Posted by DJ Dave M on Wednesday, 11.1.06 @ 08:48am

Oh, and that 14% Is A JOKE, with his being nominated three times. I'd give him AT LEAST 50%.

Posted by DJ Dave M on Wednesday, 11.1.06 @ 08:50am

Solomon Burke,James Brown,Rolling Stones,Carly Simon,Denise LaSalle,Johnny Cash,Ike and Tina Turner,Salt and Pepper, are just a few who recorded songs written by Joe Tex. For Joe Tex not to be in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame shows that Some one didn't do there homework. Soul Country, Ask Dolly Parton, and even Elvis loved to watch Joe Tex perform.

Posted by Shabazz on Thursday, 07.3.08 @ 18:56pm

Elvis also liked to watch EVERY program airing on broadcast television SIMULTANEOUSLY along with eating while taking a big, steaming dump. I don't think Elvis is the best endorsement one could have, hell, he approved of Nixon.

Really, Tex only made the ballot because Springsteen is a big fan and half of the nominating committee likes to jerk off to his music videos. It's these same connections that helped The Ronettes and Patti Smith amongst others although they were deserving. Joey Texas has a solid career record but it's still pretty minimal. If Joe Tex, then why not James Carr? If James Carr then why not, etc.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 07.3.08 @ 19:56pm

Could've sworn I heard Springsteen was a big Suicide fan....come on, Bruce.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 07.5.08 @ 05:56am


Joe Tex

Of all of the 60's soul kingdom in rock Tex is the one name who was as consistent, popular and innovative as virtually any, yet who's been left behind in recognition ever since. His track record more than holds up against most from that era who are already in, with more than two dozen hits to his name over 15 years, including 6 that went to either #1 or #2 on the R&B Charts, spanning southern soul to pure funk. A prolific writer and extremely influential performer with the oft-imitated microphone trick as his lasting legacy. Despite multiple nominations he's thus far failed to get in and remains one of the Hall's most inexplicable omissions.

It would seem an artist such as Joe Tex would be a lock for induction. His success is easily seen, with over 30 pop hits, 4 of which topped the R&B Charts, spanning more than a decade as a star. His influence is vast, as he invented the famed microphone trick on stage that many have imitated, was one of the originators of the country-soul style that was among the 60's most enduring sounds, and as shown with his nickname, The Dapper Rapper, his vocal style was one of the prototypes for rap with his semi-spoken delivery in many songs. In addition, he wrote all of his own material, which was renown for its smart, humorous, down-home advice and storytelling ability. His candidacy would seem to be bolstered by the fact that many of his contemporaries with appreciably less success than Tex have already gotten in. But Joe Tex is one of those rare artists whose achievements at the time, which seemed certain for lasting credit, have been obscured by more flamboyant and controversial acts in the years since. His early death in 1982 meant that he was not around long enough to become a well-respected elder statesman, and his lack of one massive universally known song to keep his name in the casual listener's mind relegated him to a second tier act historically when in fact he was on par with almost any of his competitors and made the transition from soul to funk that defined black rock 'n' roll in the 60's and 70's better than most. The nominating committee seems to recognize this, for this marks his fourth appearance on the ballot, but the voting body's bewildering lack of awareness of his accomplishments has thus far kept him out, making him one of the more deserving candidates yet to be enshrined.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.29.10 @ 03:09am

Joseph Arrington Jr. (1933-1982) was born in East Texas and laid to rest there 49 years later. He had a glorious career that began with him singing gospel in church, and led to him winning a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in 1954. Joe Tex’s recording career began with Syd Nathan at King Records in 1955, followed by sides at Ace, Anna, Parrot and Checker, as many as 30 singles that never saw the charts. As a songwriter, however, he hit it when James Brown covered his “Baby You’re Right” in 1961 and took it to #2. That brought Joe to publisher Buddy Killen’s Nashville-based R&B label Dial Records, an Atlantic imprint. Jerry Wexler brought Joe to Rick Hall’s FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1964, and “Hold What You’ve Got” became the first Southern soul 45 out of Fame to hit #1 R&B and Top 10 pop. At age 31, Joe became a hit machine, with more than two dozen consecutive R&B/pop crossovers on Dial through the early ’70s. Many of them became grist for young rockers (the Animals’ cover of “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”). Joe’s music was also a building block of Jamaican toasters and early hip-hop. He entered the Muslim ministry in 1972, the same year he scored his final #1 with the rude “I Gotcha” – though he encored five years later with “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman).” When Joe Tex died in 1982, his pallbearers were fellow Soul Clan brothers Wilson Pickett, Don Covay and Ben E. King, along with Killen and Percy Mayfield.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.29.10 @ 03:13am

Tex was one of James Brown's biggest rivals. Real personal. It was war.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 10.8.10 @ 11:51am

don't believe it .Another tragic slap in the face of all that's holy R&R. People, you not know what you have done...may you one day be forgiven. Joe Tex [of course] it's not even a real question. Sadly to play the other side of the fence; I don't think it's productive to hurt the feelings of any of these artists...but I scanned through the hundreds who are already eligible and, again sadly, only about 11, give or take, should be rock solid in the Hall.

Posted by Cole Younger on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 11:45am

should be in just as good a singer as percy sledge wilson pickett james brown

Posted by keith on Thursday, 10.6.11 @ 12:09pm

Could go either way on Joe Tex's induction, really. But I'm shocked to see FRL only giving 6% induction chances for someone who's been nominated 4 times.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.8.11 @ 12:17pm

one of the great soul singers!

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 06.24.12 @ 23:34pm

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