Whilst today’s post features on the legendary talents of Joe Tex, I’d like to first take a moment to pay tribute to 2 legendary producers who passed away over the last week. John Schroeder was a British musician and composer best known for co-writing Helen Shapiro’s smash hit “Walking Back To Happiness” (for which he won an Ivor Novello award). As well as his work with Shapiro, Schroeder was hugely influential in the career of Status Quo. In fact, it was he who produced their breakthrough hit – “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” in 1968. The 1970s saw him launch his own label “Alaska” which became the home of the legendary funk outfit “Cymande”. Schroeder continued writing and producing soundtracks for many artists & films and in later years became an author. Sadly he was to pass away after a long battle with cancer aged 82.
David Axelrod is considered one of the most influential producers and composers in American music. His story began in 1959 when after a stint as a boxer he produced his first album – Harold Land’s “The Fox”. A number of years working with Cannonball Adderley followed before he embarked on his own solo career. From the late 60s through to the early 90s he released around 10 solo albums which proved hugely influential in the hip-hop world due to the production sound he generated. That’s not all though – he also worked alongside legendary psych band The Electric Prunes in the late 60s though due to the complexity of the arrangements none of the original band appeared on the recordings and the group subsuquently disbanded in 1970. Axelrod passed away on 5 Feb 2017 at the age of 83 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
So onto today’s selection. I picked this 45 to fight in with a charity event that I will be dj’ing at this weekend. I’m sure most of you know Joe Tex so there’s little point in me doing a lengthy biography. I’d just like to say if you are around Belfast on Saturday come and join us. All the information is on the flyer above. In the meantime, enjoy the track!