25 OCTOBER 1966
Joe Tex's 'I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better' peaked at #54 on the US Billboard Hot 100 during this week in 1966. This was another gorgeous bit of Atlantic Records soul from the underrated and hard-working Tex, who had six singles out this year, all of them going to the R&B Top 20 (including a #1 and #2). He had million-selling singles in 1965 and 1967, and placed more hits on the R&B charts than anyone else (a hugely impressive feat), but he was overshadowed by his great rival James Brown and has little recognition in the music-buying public of today. That might be the result of him not having that one truly classic hit that most other soul stars seemed to have. This is a shame, as even this song - his lowest-selling of the year - is a perfectly solid piece of music.