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Some people are on the pitch…

…they think it’s all over. And it was, but the 30-day song challenge was such fun and so incredibly popular (OK, I may have made that up) that I had to find another excuse to show how catholic and cool I am (that too).

So beginning at the beginning, the next cough mutter days will each bring you a record from each year of my life. Starting, you’ll be astonished to read, in 1966, the year that a Fulham player won the World Cup, Harold Wilson devalued the pound and the Americans dropped three nuclear bombs on Spain — yes, really.

It was also the year that the Beatles and the Beach Boys released LPs destined to appear at or near the top of every “all-time best album of all-time” list of all-time, namely Revolver and Pet Sounds.

Fine records both, but eclipsed by a self-styled “rap” recording from Joseph Arrington, Jr, better known as Joe Tex. Arrington is considered to be the first man to describe his style of speaking over music as “rap”, more than 20 years before the term would enter the musical lexicon.

And while he may rap, there’s nothing hip hop about his country-tinged southern soul. He also fell out with James Brown, which makes him doubly likeable.

Joe Tex :: The Love You Save
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