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Joe Tex: “The Love You Save”

Both the lyrics and delivery of this song are intense.

From Wikipedia:

Joseph Arrington, Jr. (August 8, 1935[1]–August 13, 1982), better known as Joe Tex, was an American musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues.[1]

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 thirty prior singles that were deemed failures on the charts.[1] He went on to have four million-selling hits, “Hold What You’ve Got” (1965), “Skinny Legs and All” (1967),[4] “I Gotcha” (1972),[5] and “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” (1977).[6] (Continue Reading…)

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