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Joe Tex: The Clown Prince of Soul

Barney Hoskyns, 'The Very Best of Joe Tex' (Charly Records), May 1988

WHEN NASHVILLE publisher-producer Buddy Killen first met Joe Tex in 1961, the singer already had six years of recording and performing under his belt. They hadn’t been auspicious years: despite stints with such important R&B labels as King and Ace he’d never found a true footing and seemed destined for a third division career providing pallied emulation of greater talents.

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