|Single by Joe Tex|
|from the album I Gotcha|
|A-side||"A Mother's Prayer"|
|Recorded||1971 American Sound Studio Memphis,TN|
"I Gotcha" is a song by Joe Tex. Originally intended for King Floyd, instead Tex recorded it himself in the late 1960s, but did not release it at that time. He decided to re-record it in late 1971 and released it as the B-side of "A Mother's Prayer", the first single from his 1972 album I Gotcha . Mostly spoken in the form of an early rap song, with few singing passages, "I Gotcha" has the singer admonishing a woman for playing with his affections: "You never shouldn't have promised if you weren't gonna do it".
Radio DJs ended up playing this B-side song more than the A-side. This would result in Tex having his first major hit in five years as "I Gotcha" eventually peaked at Number 1 on the R&B chart and Number 2 on the Pop chart for two weeks, behind "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flackand would sell around three million copies. Billboard ranked it as the Number 6 song of 1972. In Canada, the song reached Number 22. Tex would later re-record "I Gotcha" in a ballad-style for his 1978 album Rub Down.
Like other Tex songs, "I Gotcha" has been sampled in various hip hop and R&B songs over the years. Liza Minnelli performed the number for her 1972 television concert Liza with a Z . It is also featured on the soundtrack to the 1992 Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs . A shorter version of the song appears in Kermit's Swamp Years .
"I Gotcha" was sampled in the 1973 break-in record, "Super Fly Meets Shaft" (US #31).
|Single by Jimmy Barnes|
|from the album Soul Deep|
|B-side||"I Gotcha" (Tex Mex 12" MIx)|
|Recorded||Freight Train Studios, Australia|
|Producer(s)||Don Gehman, Tony Brock|
|Jimmy Barnes singles chronology|
In 1991, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes recorded and released "I Gotcha" as the first single from his fifth studio album, Soul Deep . It peaked at Number 6 in Australia and Number 27 in New Zealand.
CD single (D11045)
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||27|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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