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On this day in music history: March 18, 1972 - “I Gotcha” by Joe Tex hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #2 for 2 weeks on the Hot 100 on May 6, 1972. Written by Joe Tex, it is the biggest hit for the Texas born soul singer born Joseph Arrington, Jr. The song is originally intended for R&B singer King Floyd (“Groove Me”) when Tex writes it in 1968. When Floyd passes on the song, Tex records a version of it himself in 1969. Unhappy with that version, he records it again in 1971, and still isn’t totally satisfied with his performance. Tex’s producer and manager Buddy Killen disagrees. Released on Killen’s Dial Records label (then distributed by Mercury Records) on December 18, 1971, it is originally the B-side of the track “A Mother’s Prayer”. DJ’s prefer “I Gotcha” flipping the single and playing it instead. Initially, the record breaks out of the south in Birmingham, AL, Miami, FL, and Atlanta, GA, then spreading to New York before it goes national. Once it hits the charts in January of 1972, “I Gotcha” streaks up the R&B and pop charts at the same time, selling nearly three million copies in the US alone. Right on the heels of the records’ success, Joe Tex abruptly retires from music to become a Muslim adapting the name Yusuf Hazziez, touring the country as a spiritual lecturer. He returns to performing in 1976 and score one more major hit with the million selling single “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” the following year. The song is sampled numerous times over the years, by Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud, Ultramagnetic MC’s, Steady B., The Roots, Killer Mike to name a few. “I Gotcha” also appears in the film and on the soundtrack album to Quentin Tarentino’s directorial debut “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992. “I Gotcha” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.