We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

Success! You're on the list.

If Sam & Dave had been had been born a man rather than two, he would have sounded a lot like soul shouter Joe Tex. The difference is the wryness of Joe’s lyrics: As he maneuvers the minefield of male-female relationships, his faith that someone will take “the lady with the skinny legs” is unshakeable. —Jandos Rothstein