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Yusuf Hazziez (born Joseph Arrington Jr.; August 8, 1935 – August 13, 1982), known professionally as Joe Tex, was an American singer and musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of funk, country, gospel, and rhythm and blues. His career started after he was signed to King Records in 1955 following four wins at the Apollo Theater. Between 1955 and 1964, he struggled to find hits, and by the time he finally recorded his first hit, "Hold What You've Got" in 1964, he had recorded 30 previous singles that were deemed failures on the charts. He went on to have four million-selling hits, "Hold What You've Got" (1965), "Skinny Legs and All" (1967), "I Gotcha" (1972), and "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)" (1977). Joe Tex was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame six times, most recently in 2017.

Links to Peel

Peel in his early British radio DJ history seemed to not have played any soul records from Joe Tex during the 60's. In the 70's, as Peel started to get into soul music, Joe Tex started to get airplay on his shows. In 1982, Peel started to play tracks from Joe Tex's 1972 album, Spill The Beans, and on his 16th March show from that year, mentioned that the singer has made over the years dreadful records as well as the best ever made. After Joe's death, Peel continued playing material from the singer, especially from compilation albums.

Shows Played



  • 12 May 1977: I Mess Up Everything I Get My Hands On (album - Bumps And Bruises) Epic
  • 27 June 1977: I Gotcha (7") Mercury
  • 14 August 1985: A Mother's Prayer (LP - Joe Tex Spills The Beans) Dial (JP: 'Well there's another brilliant track you may well never have heard before. What I really need actually is a 24 hour radio station. BBC Radio Peel, that's what I'm after.')
  • 27 July 1988: 'I Gotcha (LP-I Believe I'm Gonna Make It)' (Rhino)
  • 10 August 1988: Hold What You've Got (2xLP - The Very Best Of Joe Tex) Charly R&B
  • 23 August 1988: One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (2xLP - The Very Best Of Joe Tex) Charly R&B
  • 05 September 1988: I Want To (Do Everything For You) (2xLP - The Very Best Of Joe Tex) Charly R&B
  • 06 December 1988: I Believe I'm Gonna Make It (v/a LP - Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die) New Musical Express
  • 31 January 1989: Davy, You Upset My Home (v/a album - Black Rock 'N' Roll Volume Two) Not On Label
  • 26 March 1994: ‘I Believe I'm Gonna Make It (Compilation CD - Soul Of Vietnam)’ (Risky Business)
  • 24 July 2003: Hold What You've Got (Various Artists Compilation LP - The Dial Records Southern Soul Story) Kent
  • 19 August 2003: The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) (LP - The Dial Records Southern Soul Story) Kent (JP: 'Now how much of a treat out of ten is that? There's an awful lot of people who made music as good as that who only made one or two singles and when you think that Mick Hucknall has made something like 24 LPs... I don't know why I pick on him. Well I do actually, because he was amazingly rude to me once and I carry a grudge, I'm not ashamed to admit it.')
  • 13 November 2003 (Radio Eins): I Believe I'm Gonna Make It (album - A Soldiers Sad Story) Kent
  • 18 November 2003: I Believe I'm Gonna Make it (LP - A Soldier's Sad Story) Kent

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