Joe Tex

I Gotcha

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Joe Tex was a prolific songwriter who didn't mind sharing his songs. One of them, "I Gotcha," was written with King Floyd in mind. Floyd never recorded the song, but during the late '60s Tex did, though it was never released. The singer re-recorded the song in late 1971 at The Sound Shop in Nashville. Like he'd done on Tex's earlier sides, producer Buddy Killen re-edited it. Released as the B-side of "Mother's Prayer," DJs flipped the single over and began playing "I Gotcha." Released on Killen's Dial label distributed through Atlantic Records, "I Gotcha" sold about three million copies, going to number one R&B and number two pop in the spring of 1972. The I Gotcha LP went to number five R&B and number 17 pop, spawning the singles "Give the Baby Anything the Baby Wants" and "You Said a Bad Word." Joe Tex gave a memorable, energetic performance on TV's Soul Train which included gravity-defying microphone stand tricks and culminated with the singer chasing and catching one of the show's female dancers in the closing minutes of the record. Like songs of another Southern soul favorite, Otis Redding, Tex's "I Gotcha" was sampled by various hip-hop and soul acts. Tex re-recorded "I Gotcha" as a sly ballad on his 1978 LP Rub Down.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rub Down 1978 Epic
I Believe I'm Gonna Make It: The Best of Joe Tex 1988 Rhino 2:18
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1991 Curb 2:28
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 8 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
Super Bad 1991
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 0:00
Show Me: The Hits...& More 1992 Ichiban 2:18
Reservoir Dogs [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1992
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:28
Rhythm & Blues: 1972 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Sounds of the Seventies: Seventies Top Forty 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:27
'70s Smash Hits, Vol. 6 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
Show Me 1993 New Rose Records 2:32
Golden Classics 1993 Collectables 2:18
Pulp Fiction & Reservoir Dogs 1994
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:27
Bump to the Funk 1995 Charly Records 2:19
Greatest Hits [Sony Special Products] 1995 Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 2:28
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality 0:00
Greatest Hits [Intercontinental] 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 2:41
The Very Best of Joe Tex [Rhino] 1996 Rhino 2:29
Rock On: 1972 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:26
Soul Emotion [Newsound] 1996
Various Artists
Newsound 2:27
Cigar Classics, Vol. 2: Urban Fire 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
His Best 1997 K-Tel Distribution
Rock On: 1970-1974 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:26
70's Radio Hits, Vol. 6 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback
70's Flashback 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:40
Get Dancin' 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:29
Party Super Hits 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:28
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
Funk Fest 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:26
Back 2 Back 1998 Masters 2:42
No Image 1998 Excelsior Recordings
I Gotcha 1998 BMG Special Products 2:43
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
Stone Cold Funk: A Galaxy of Original Rare Grooves 1999
Various Artists
Music Club Records
Pure Funk, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Mercury / Polygram 2:20
His Greatest Hits 1999 Charly Records 2:39
25 All Time Greatest Hits 2000 Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:30
70 Ounces of Gold: Classic Gold 2000
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:28
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:28
Golden Legends: Soul Men 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:28
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1972 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
Greatest Hits [7-N/Buddah] 2000 Buddha Records / 7-N 2:30
25 Years of R&B: 1972 2000
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:28
New Millennium Funk Party 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
History of R&B [Simply the Best] 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 2:41
Oh Boy Classics Presents Joe Tex 2001 Oh Boy 2:31
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
A Year in Your Life: 1970's, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:27
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 2:29
Ain't Gonna Bump No More 2002 Southbound 2:26
12 Hits: Five Star Collection 2002 Varese 2:30
David Allan Coe Presents Joe Tex 2002 Coe Pop Records 2:29
Soul: I Will Survive 2002 Brilliant / Digimode Entertainment 2:15
The Seventies - A Decade to Remember: Soul Explosion 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Classic Masters 2003 The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:31
Dial Records Southern Soul Story 2003
Various Artists
Ace 2:28
More Adventures of Funk Soul Brothers 2004
Various Artists
Metro 2:14
Mr. 3000 2004
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:29
This Is Gold 2004 Double Play Records 2:42
Funk Hits 2005
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:44
Ultimate 16: R&B 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:31
#1 R&B Pop Classics of the 70s 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:29
Greatest Hits [Neon] 2007 Neon Records 2:14
Singles A's & B's, Vol. 3: 1969-1972 2011 Shout! / Shout! Records 2:26
Sweet Soul Music: 1972 2014
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:28
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK]
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18