... he died on August 13, 1982.
Joe Tex's style of speaking over music, which he called 'rap', made him a predecessor of the modern genre' of the same name.
It was not until 1965 that Tex began to achieve success, guided by Nashville, Tennessee-based record producer, Buddy Killen. Recorded at the FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and distributed by Atlantic on Killen's Dial record label, "Hold What You've Got" was a U.S. #5 pop hit. "Hold What You've Got" spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold a million copies by 1966.
Others singles followed, including the ballads "A Woman Can Change a Man," and "The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)." A change in tempo also brought hits such as "S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song),"and "Show Me." In 1965 alone, Tex released seven singles, followed by six in 1966 and five in 1967. He had released over thirty singles prior to the release of his first album in 1965.