Friday, August 10, 2012

The Soul Corner - Joe Tex "The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)"

Joseph Arrington Jr., born and raised in a small central Texas, town, became known as Joe Tex and had a string of hit singles in the '60's and '70's, including the novelty "Skinny Legs and All".
But his best work was done early in his career, when he blended gospel and deep soul, and sang some amazing ballads like this week's featured soul single - from 1966 "The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)":

Tex had a colorful life that included a longstanding feud with James Brown who once shot a gun at him in a nightclub. Tex died of a heart attack on August 13, 1982 at age 47.