One of the first artists to build a bridge between Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm n’ Blues, and Country Music, Joe Stampley pioneered what came to be known as “new country” a decade or more before that marketing niche had been given a name.
In the 60’s, Joe was the lead singer for the pop/rock group The Uniques. They began performing in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, soon finding themselves in great demand. In 1965, The Uniques recorded “Not Too Long Ago”, the first national hit for Paula Records. One year later, they followed with the classic “All These Things”, which is still one of Rock’s sentimental favorites in the Deep South; it’s considered part of the essence of the 60’s.
In 1971, Joe signed with ABC-Dot Records and recorded seven albums that produced such hits as “Soul Song”, “Too Far Gone”, “If You Touch Me (you’ve got to love me)”, “I’m Still Loving You”, and the remake of “All These Things”, as a two-step, which skyrocketed to #1 across the charts.
In 1975, Joe moved to Epic Records where he turned out 13 albums which included hits such as “Roll On Big Mama”, “Red Wine and Blue Memories”, “If You’ve Got Ten Minutes”, “Do You Ever Fool Around”, and ”I’m Gonna Love You Back To Lovin’ Me Again”. Joe also had a stringof hits with labelmate Moe Bandy consisting of chart-toppers such as “Just Good Ol’ Boys”, “Holdin’ The Bag”, “Hey Joe, Hey Moe”, and the take-off on Boy George -“Where’s The Dress”, which won the American Video Association’s award for Video Of The Year in 1984.