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Joe Tex

The singer by this name was born on August 8, 1935 (some sources give the year to be 1933) as Joseph Arrington, Jr. in Rogers, Bell County, Texas and went to school in McNair, just outside Baytown. His parents were Joseph Arrington and Cherrie Warren Arrington. He was a high school athlete and played in the band. As a youth, he won a talent contest and was invited to perform in New York City’s Apollo Theater. Early on, he adopted the stage name of Joe Tex.

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He is likely best known as being a popular rhythm and blues recording and performing artist who had some of his greatest success in the 1960s singing and recording his own songs as well as those of others. His career was similar to that of fellow artist James Brown. The two individuals were were always near or at the top of the charts for many years. In addition to the individual rivalry, there are accounts of a personal clash between the two that became public.

In his prime, Joe Tex was a writer, recording artist and performer of tunes that would become very popular, including “Hold On To What You’ve Got,” “Skinny Legs,” “I Gotcha,” “Show Me A Man That’s Got A Good Woman,” “You Got What It Takes,” “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More” and many others mostly in the rhythm and blues genre. He had an engaging performance style and a wide number of songs that he was known for which kept him popular with fans for many years.

Joe Tex was one of the top artists of his day and any discussion of music during this period should include his name. From 1960 and extending on for almost twenty years, he had around three dozen charted hits on the United States pop and rhythm and blues charts. It was not uncommon to see his name along side other top singers of the period like Brown, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King and Otis Redding. Redding tragically died in the crash of a private plane on December 10, 1967 and Tex served as a pallbearer at Redding’s funeral held on December 18, 1967 in Macon, Georgia.

Joe Tex was also associated with what was conceived in the mid 1960s as a soul music super group called the Soul Clan organized by Solomon Burke. At various times it included Redding, Arthur Conley, Don Covay, King, Picket and Tex but Redding died early on. The group seems to have dissolved before it made a significant impact on the music scene but they were briefly reunited in 1981 with some of the same personnel for at least one live concert.

He is usually compared and contrasted with James Brown. Their careers paralleled each other in various ways including their popularity, the genres in which they usually performed, their musical and performance styles, and the like. They were both once signed under the same record label, King Records. The conflict between the two supposedly originated in the 1950s and had several elements including mentions of their romantic involvements with the same female, cross claims of one accusing the other of copying his performance styles and/or dance moves, and the like. They sometimes made veiled references to one another in their songs. It is not difficult to find accounts of their disagreements over the years.

In latter years, he became influenced by the Nation of Islam and is said to have converted to Islam at one point. He adopted the name of Yusef (or Joseph) Hazziez, though he continued to perform under his stage name of Joe Tex. It does not appear that he ever changed his legal name. The typewritten name on his death certificate was his birth name. After his conversion to Islam, he stopped performing for a few years in the 1970s, but later resumed his career.

Eventually Arrington’s career wound down and he stopped making public performances. He continued to live in Texas and reside near Navasota, Grimes County. His father had died at the age of 37 in 1950. In 1982, Arrington died at Grimes County Hospital in Navasota at the age of 47 some three days after suffering a heart attack at his home. In some accounts, it is reported that about a week earlier, he had nearly drowned in his pool at his home. The reports continue to say that he was revived, treated at a local hospital and released. Other than this, the circumstances of the near-drowning incident seem to be unpublished. Upon his death, he was survived by his wife Deliliah, two sons and several ancestors. He is interred at Dennis Bryant Cemetery in Navasota, Grimes County, Texas.

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Posted by on September 16, 2021 in black history, entertainers, people named Tex

 

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Tex Schramm

Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr. was born in 1920 in San Gabriel, California. His father was named Texas Ernst Schramm and his mother was Elsa J. Steinwender Schramm. Tex’s father later adopted the spelling Earnest for his middle name, but at birth his father had shared the middle name Ernst with four of his siblings. Tex’s grandfather, Edgar Ernst Schramm had come to the United States from Germany and his grandmother, the former “Tony” Benner, was born in New Braunfels. The Benners had been long time Texas residents, as Tex’s grandmother Benner’s family had had arrived in the 1800s. His Schramm grandparents had resided in San Antonio for many years. Tex’s father had moved the family to California where Tex spent his early years, attending high school there. Tex attended University of Texas in Austin, graduating in 1947 with a degree in journalism, after serving in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II.

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Posted by on July 8, 2021 in biography, people named Tex

 

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Tex Avery

Frederick Bean Avery was born in 1908 to George Walton Avery and Mary Augusta Bean Avery when the family was living in Taylor, Williamson County, Texas. His parents were both from the South with his father having been born in Alabama and his mother in Mississippi. His father George operated a lumber yard. Shortly afterward, his family moved to Dallas and by 1920, they were living on East Brooklyn Avenue, near the present location of the Dallas Zoo (Oak Cliff). The census said that his father was in the oil lease business. At some point they moved further north, as Frederick graduated from North Dallas High School in 1926. By 1935, he was on his own with his mother passing away in 1931 and his father passing away in 1935.

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Posted by on May 13, 2021 in biography, people named Tex

 

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TMI Episcopal, or Texas Military Institute

Originally known as West Texas Military Academy and formerly known as Texas Military Institute, TMI Episcopal was founded in 1893 by James Steptoe Johnston, a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.  TMI offers classes for students in grades 6-12 and an optional JROTC program for students in grades 8-12.  Its website states that it is “the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-preparatory school in the Southwest.”

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Posted by on May 31, 2018 in biography, people named Tex, schools

 

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Tex Ritter

Woodward Maurice “Tex” Ritter was born on January 12, 1905 to James Everett and Elizabeth Matthews Ritter of Murvaul, Texas, in Panola County about 10 miles south of Carthage.  He was the youngest of about nine children.  His first name is sometimes spelled “Woodard” but in one account it is related that he was named for Dr. S. A. Woodward, the doctor who delivered him.  Tex was the grandson of Benjamin Franklin Ritter, who had been brought to Texas as a baby in the early to mid 1830s from Tennessee.

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