Joe Hinton

Joe Hinton (November 15, 1929 – August 13, 1968) was an American soul singer who is best remembered for his tender 1964 reading of the Willie Nelson perennial “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

Early Life

Hinton was born in Clarksdale, MS, and later moved to Evansville, Indiana where he he married (LaVerne Flowers) and started a family.


Hinton began as a gospel singer with the Chosen Gospel Quartet and the Spirit of Memphis Quartet.

In 1957 he moved to Memphis and joined a gospel group called the Spirit of Memphis Quartet.

Producer Don Robey asked the singer to try doing secular tunes, and Hinton began recording for Robey’s record label, Peacock Records, in 1958. It was not until 1963, with his fifth single on the label, that he managed to chart with “You Know It Ain’t Right”; the next single, “Better to Give Than to Receive”, also hit the lower regions of the charts.

Funny Hot Time Slips Away

Hinton’s biggest hit was 1964’s “Funny How Time Slips Away”, written by Willie Nelson; the tune peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. Cash Box magazine listed “Funny How Time Slips Away” as #1 for four weeks on their R&B chart. The track sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. “I Want a Little Girl”, the next single, also charted, but it was his last hit.


Hinton passed away from skin cancer on August 13, 1968. He was living in the New England area of America.

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