Joe Stampley (b. June 6, 1943) is a highly acclaimed and versatile country singer, songwriter, and pianist with a flair for R&B, soul, pop, rock, and comedy who became famous beginning in the early 1970s. Born in Springhill, Louisiana, he first recorded for Imperial Records during the late 1950s before becoming the lead singer of The Uniques, a late 1960s pop/rock group whose hits included "Not Too Long Ago" (1965) and "All These Things" (1966). As a solo artist, Stampley is best known for the country-pop crossover favorite, "Soul Song" (1973).
Stampley made his debut on the Country charts in 1971 with his cover of Percy Sledge's "Take Time To Know Her," which became a minor hit. His long string of Country chart hits, which continued through 1989, also included covers of various other pop, rock, and R&B oldies classics: The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" (1975), The Box Tops' "Cry Like A Baby" (1975), Bread's "Everything I Own" (1976), Arthur Alexander's "Everyday I Have To Cry Some" (1977), Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side Of Town" (1983), The Swingin' Medallions' "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" (1983), Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" (1984), Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" (1985), and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (1989).
Stampley's fame took off in 1973 with "Soul Song," which made the Top 40 on the Pop/Rock charts and became the first of several #1 Country chart hits that also included "Roll On Big Mama" (1975), a remake of The Uniques' "All These Things" (1976), and "Just Good Ol' Boys" (1979), the latter performed as a duet with longtime singing partner, Moe Bandy. Known for their tongue-in-cheek novelty tunes, the duo's other hits also included "Holding The Bag" (1979), "Hey Joe (Hey Moe)" (1981), and "Where's The Dress" (1984) which won them the American Video Association's award for Video of the Year in 1984. In addition, Bandy and Stampley were named CMA's 1980 Vocal Duo of the Year (as "Moe & Joe") and they won ACM's Vocal Duo award for two consecutive years.
Joe Stampley's many honors and accolades include being inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and with The Uniques, and the Louisiana Songwriters Association Hall of Fame.
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