Joe Hinton (November 15, 1929 – August 13, 1968) was an American soul singer.
Hinton, born in Evansville, Indiana, began as a gospel singer with the Chosen Gospel Quartet and 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”.
His 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. The track sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.”
Hinton died of skin cancer in 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 38, while still in the prime of his recording career.