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Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:02 PM

Swamp Rock Icon Tony Joe White Dead at 75

Singer-songwriter Tony Joe White, a prolific tunesmith whose swamp-soaked 1968 pop hit “Polk Salad Annie,” reflected his Louisiana upbringing, died yesterday, Wednesday, October 24th, of natural causes at his home in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. He was 75.

White, who had a Top Ten record with “Polk Salad Annie,” also saw it popularized by Elvis Presley. He was also perhaps best known as the writer of the deeply atmospheric and soulful “Rainy Night in Georgia,” a Number Four pop hit for Brook Benton in 1970 and covered by a number of other acts including Hank Williams Jr., B.J. Thomas, Shelby Lynne, and as a duet by Conway Twitty and Sam Moore.

White’s compositions reached an entirely new audience worldwide in 1989 when Tina Turner covered his song “Steamy Windows.” It became a hit in several countries and was also cut by country singer John Anderson, included on his double-platinum 1992 LP Seminole Wind. The tune would resurface in 1997 on Kenny Chesney’s album I Will Stand. Others who recorded White’s songs include Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Tim McGraw, Dusty Springfield and Ray Charles. A solo artist who signed to Nashville’s Monument Records in 1967, White’s distinctively gritty vocals and vivid storytelling were present right through to his most recent album, the blues-based Bad Mouthin‘, released last month on Yep Roc Records.

White was born July 24th, 1943, the youngest of seven children raised on a cotton farm about 20 miles from the nearest town, Oak Grove, Louisiana. He played solo gigs at high-school dances and, after adding a drummer, moved on to nightclubs along the Texas and Louisiana “crawfish circuit.” In 1966, he recorded for a local label in Corpus Christi. After moving to Nashville, where musician Billy Swan produced his material for Monument Records, he cut his 1969 debut LP, Black and White, which incorporated country, blues, and Cajun sounds among its tracks. After three albums he shifted to the Warner Bros. label with the legendary Peter Asher producing his first LP there. White also appeared in the 1974 film version of Catch My Soul, a rock opera based on Shakespeare’s Othello.

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kentuck Oct 25 #1
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:05 PM

1. Poke Salad Annie..

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:18 PM

4. THANK you for getting the name right.

I know, he went with the mistaken one. But I've eaten poke salad (salet, really) and I hate that people don't know about pokeweed and how that shit'll kill you if you screw up. My granddaddy loved it though and we ate it whenever he could find it.

RIP to a damn fine songwriter and singer.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:21 PM

5. Damn, that's smooth.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:07 PM

2. I just heard an interview with him on Sirius Outlaw Country.

I think he just released a new album. Very Bluesy reflecting his Louisiana upbringing which I share with him. Except I was raised middle class by a University employee, not on a cotton farm!

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Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:13 PM

3. RIP Tony

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 07:24 PM

6. What??? he just released an album 2 weeks ago .. Not expecting to die ... wow

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He wrote a lot that he didn't perform like Rainy Night in Georgia

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