Lance Shabazz

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Blood, Sweat & Tears (includes shipping)

Lance Shabazz's life was the Nation of Islam. This book journey’s over fifty
 personal years traveling thousands of miles and many dozens of interviews
 culminating my Decision to walk away from it all. I realized my beliefs and
 principles gained as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is
 rejected, altered, modified and the last trick our messenger warned us all to
 stay away from what today’s so-called followers accept. Lip profession
 counts for naught unless carried into practice. I therefore share some of my
 history for the family and students of the Nation of Islam.

Joe Tex

Joe Tex was born Joseph Arrington Jr, in Rogers, Bell County, Texas on August 8, 1935 (often misreported as 1933) to parents Joseph and Cherie Sue (Jackson) Arrington.  At first Joe and his sister Mary Sue were raised by his grandmother, Mary Richardson.  After her divorce from Joe Sr, when Joe was twelve Cherie moved the family to Baytown (on Galveston Bay, about thirty miles East of Houston). 

Growing up, Tex found he had an uncanny memory for retaining songs and would play a jukebox game in which his cousins would press imaginary buttons on him and he would sing the songs they wanted to hear. While attending G W Carver School in Baytown, a school teacher Matty Bell Durkee encouraged Joe’s musical talents by entering him in local talent shows. The Baytown Sun has reports of Joe singing with Mary Sue and performing Johnny Standley’s It’s in the book in local churches in 1953.

According to his sister, Mary Sue Singleton, Tex acted as a father figure.  Joe worked many part-time jobs to help the family.  In the evenings, Tex worked at KREL Radio in Baytown, as Jivin’ Little Joe, alongside country disc-jockeys such as Cowboy Dickie Rosenfeld. While living in Baytown, Tex fathered a daughter, Eartha Laverne James. Tex is not listed on the birth certificate. However his daughter, now Eartha Doucet, remains a beneficiary of Tex’s copyrights.

After graduation, Tex moved to New York. In his early days up North, Tex was briefly a member of the Sunbeams, a vocal group formed in Glen Cove, Long Island who sang in the style of the Orioles, Ravens and Dominoes.  Tex, who was living Hempstead, New York and working as a gravedigger in a Jewish cemetery briefly became their sixth member before leaving to continue his solo career. By now, Joseph Arrington was performing under the name Joe Tex, reportedly suggested to him by a night club owner in Houston. After switching management and dealing with several downfalls in his career, by 1966, Tex had the fame and material success he dreamed of in abundance.

"I had a pocketful of money, a telephone and a television in the car."

However, Tex questioned what he saw around him constantly while on tour. In 1966, Tex was persuaded by his manager Norman Thrasher, a former member of Hank Ballard's Midnighters, to visit a Muslim Temple in Miami where he was impressed by the preacher's message. The Muslims became increasingly important in Tex's life; although he would not become a member for another two years. Tex gave many benefits to assist in the building of the Nation of Islam. He helped the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in his efforts to build a hospital on the South side of Chicago, Ill. Tex accepted the name Yusef Hazziez, and after the passing of Messenger Elijah Muhammad, he listened to Wallace D. Muhammad's advice to go back into show business. Unfortunately, Tex's life spiraled down following his return. Leah Hazziez, Tex's wife, said he was unable to accept Wallace D. Muhammad's direction. Tex found comfort in drugs and alcohol.

Tex passed away on Thursday, Aug. 12, 1982.   “Joe Tex: The Real Story"  was produced for the 30th anniversary of his passing.

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