Hold What You've Got

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About Hold What You've Got

"Hold What You've Got" is a 1964 single by Joe Tex. The single was his second chart release and first to reach the Billboard Hot 100. "Hold What You've Got" went to number one on the Cash Box R&B chart and reached number five in 1965, on the pop chart. The song is noted for the two spoken recitations, between the refrains of the song, telling, first the men, and then the women to keep on supporting their loved ones and not take them for granted.


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You'd better hold on, hold on to what you've got
You'd better hold on, hold on to what you've got
'Cause if you think nobody wants it
Just throw it away and you will see
Someone will have it before you can count one, two, three
Yes they will, yes they will
Listen fellows, you know it's not all the time
That a man can have a good woman
A women he can call his very own
A woman who will stay right there at home
And mind the children while he's gone to work
A woman who will have his dinner cooked
When he comes home
Where some men make mistakes is
When they go out and stay because they feel
That no other man wants his woman but him??
But listen, if you think no other man wants her
Just throw her away and you will see
Some men will have her before you can count one, two, three
Yes he will, yes he will

Listen girls, this goes for you too
Because you know I've seen so many women who've had so many good men in life
Men who would stand by them through thick and thin
Men who'd go to work everyday and
Bring home their hard earned pay
Men who'd give their woman anything
That their little hearts desired
Where some women make mistakes is
When their men go out and let 'em play they would stay
Because they felt that no other woman wanted him but her
Listen, if you think no other woman wants him
Just pitch him out in the street and you will see
Some woman will have your man
Before you can count one, two, three
Yes she will, yes she will

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Joe Tex

Joseph Arrington, Jr. (August 8, 1935– 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. more »

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Written by: JOE TEX

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Artist Profile
"Hold What You've Got" is a song by American southern soul singer Joe Tex. Born Joseph Arrington Jr., Joe Tex made a significant impact on the soul music genre during the 1960s and 1970s.
Song Release
The song was released in November 1964 as a singe.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, "Hold What You've Got" climbed to number one on the Billboard R&B charts and also reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Recording Label
The song was released under the record label Dial.
Songwriter
Joe Tex himself wrote "Hold What You’ve Got".
First Major Hit
"Hold What You've Got" was Joe Tex's first real taste of commercial success. After years of relative obscurity, this song finally propelled Tex into the limelight.
Impact
Reportedly the first Southern soul song to "break" on the pop charts, "Hold What You've Got" is seen as one of the essential tracks that helped the genre gain widespread popularity.
Genre
"Hold What You've Got" falls under the genre of Southern Soul, a style of soul music that emerged in the Southern United States.
Recording Studio
The song was recorded at FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Album
The song is also the title track of his 1965 album, "Hold What You’ve Got".
Legacy
The song's influence can still be felt today, as it is regularly covered by other musicians, sampled in new songs, and featured in various film and television soundtracks.
Notable Recognition
In 2016, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, further cementing its place in music history.

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