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Posted: Sep 11, 2008 1:45 am
 
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 6:36 am
 
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 6:54 am
 
OF COURSE!
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 7:01 am
 
I was just saying this NOW because wonderful Ace Records has just legitimately re-released his amazing 1950s recordings: hee-haw!!!
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 9:05 am
 
We have an ACE LP New Orleans Rock and Roll Joe Tex and His Classmates. Plus several 45s. Also Not too long ago, got the org version of Open the Door 45 on Ace, by Little Booker (relevance: covered by Tex).
Yes Joe Tex does indeed rule!
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 9:34 am
 
ALL the 60's Dial singles are genius. Atlantic tracks are killer, too. The earlier stuff like on that Ace comp I don't think is quite as good. I mean, it's Joe Tex and it's still great, but he really came into his own later on.

The cut I've been digging lately is "Grandma Mary" but unfortunately I think it was an album-only thing. It's not really a dance number so I can see why it wasn't a single, but I'd love to have it on 45. It's nice that there's so many good songs that you can still find new ones that you dig even if you already have a shitload of Joe Tex records and think you've heard everything. I've only got a few of the tracks on that Ace cd so I might have to get it too.
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 12:18 pm
 
I think it was the first soul album I bought: a 2LP called The Very Best of JOE TEX on Charly Records, released in 1988. The sleeve said: "Real Country Soul... Scarce as Hen's Teeth"! Must've played songs like "Hold What You've Got", "Show Me" and "Buying a Book" a thousand times over the last 20 years and I still can't get enough of 'em! I already have most of the songs on this new Ace compilation but I'm happy I can replace my cheap-looking bootleg cd (RnBcd1001) that hasn't got a single bit of info about the recordings! Pretty damn essential Ace compilation if you ask me!!
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 12:23 pm
 
And damn! Look at those lyrics:

BUYING A BOOK
written and performed by
JOE TEX

I saw this old man with this young girl the other night.
I walked over to him and pulled him off on the side,
And I said, "Pops, what are you trying to prove?"
I said, "I've seen you out here every night this week
with a different young girl wrapped around your arm."
I said, "You can't keep this pace up, uh,
"Because these young girls,
huh, oh! -- they'll certainly get you down."

He said, "Son, sit down here.
Lemme tell ya something."
He said, "All my life I've worked hard. Huh,
and I've saved up me a little money."
He said, "But just about the time I got me a nest egg saved,
I became a widow man."
He says, "And I'm 72 going on 73 years old
and don't have too many more years to live."
Hah, he said, "I know that I should be ashamed of myself.
Ha. "But --" he said,
"Young girls is my weakness.
Oh yes, they are." Huh.
He said, "So would you plea-ea-ease
leave this old gray-haired man alone.
"Mind your business. Heh-heh. Let me and this young girl
have us a little bit of fun." Ehuh.

That's when I looked at him and I said,
I said, "All right, Pops, you got her.
"But listen, ha ha ha ha, here's all you're doing --
"Oh yes! Oh yes! Oh, you just --
"Buying -- buyin' a book."
(Buying -- buying a book.)
That's what I said to him,
I said, "Listen to this, here's all you're doing."
(Buying a book for some young man -- )
"That's what you're doing, heh,
-- to read.
"But don't do it.
(Don't do it.)
"Don't do it!
(Don't do it!)
"Oh, don't do it!
(Don't do it!)
"Send that young girl on home."
Mmmm-mmmm-mmm.

Then there was this middle-aged woman whose name I dare not call --
Simply because you out there listening
just might know who this woman is.
But I can tell you this much:
The woman lives right here in your town.
I know you didn't know that, did you? Huh.
I saw this woman with this young man,
in the broaden day time the other day.
I say, "Miss Lady, you oughta be ashamed of yourself,
Ridin' around with this young man all hugged up like this here." Heh huh.

She said, "Son, oh Son, you're dippin' in my business.
"But if you want to know why I fool with this young man,
I'll tell you."
She said, "I was married to a man 40 years older than I was."
Says, "For a long time I was true and faithful to that one man."
Says, "And last year he died and willed me a whole lotta money.
"And I know that that young man sittin' in my car
just wants me for my money. Uh-huh."
She said, "But if that's what it takes to keep the young, fine thing
-- oh ho! -- he can get every single dime.
"Because it ain't nothin' an old man can do for me,
but show me which way a young man went." Hah hah!

Oh Lord! Oh! Oh!
Here's what I said, huh
I said, "You're just --
Buying --
(Buying-- )
That's all you're doin' --
(-- buying a book.)
That's what I told her, huh
"Listen, Miss Lady, here's all you're doin' -- uh!
(Buying a book for some young girl --)
"You oughta quit it, huh --
-- to read."
(Don't do it.)
I said, "That's your car, drive him home,
(Don't do it.)
Give him all your money!
"I'm sorry I dipped in your business.
"I won't do it no more.
"Nooooo."


Dial single #4090 (4/1969)
Billboard R&B #10, Billboard Hot 100 #47

http://www.luckymojo.com/joetex.html
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 4:16 pm
 
ALL the 60's Dial singles are genius.

And you can get those for, like, next to nothing here (and I assume across the country). Joe Tex rules!!!
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 5:11 pm
 
The ballads "Hold What You've Got" and "The Love You Save" are good too. On The Love You SaveLP there is a great track called "I'm A Man" that should have been released as a single.
Posted: Sep 11, 2008 5:46 pm
 
the whole world's gone chicken crazy
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