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Josh White

To many blues enthusiasts, Josh White was a folk revival artist. It's true that the second half of his music career found him based in New York playing to the coffeehouse and cabaret set and hanging out with Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, and fellow transplanted blues artists Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. In Chicago during the 1960s, his shirt was unbuttoned to the waist à la Harry Belafonte and his repertoire consisted of folk revival standards such as "Scarlet Ribbons." He was a show business personality -- a star renowned for his sexual magnetism and his dramatic vocal presentations. Many listeners were unaware of White's status as a major figure in the Piedmont blues tradition. The first part of his career saw him as apprentice to some of the greatest blues and religious artists ever, including Willie Walker, Blind Blake, Blind Joe Taggart (with whom he recorded), and allegedly even Blind Lemon Jefferson. On his own, he recorded both blues and religious songs, including a classic version of "Blood Red River." A fine guitar technician with an appealing voice, he became progressively more sophisticated in his presentation. Like many other Carolinians and Virginians who moved north to urban areas, he took up city ways, remaining a fine musician if no longer a down-home artist. Like several other canny blues players, he used his roots music to broaden and enhance his life experience, and his talent was such that he could choose the musical idiom that was most lucrative at the time. ~ Barry Lee Pearson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Wanderings

1. Miss Otis Regrets

2. One Meat Ball

3. Sometime

4. Strange Fruit

5. The Man Who Couldn't Walk Around

6. Apples, Peaches and Cherries

7. Betty and Dupree

9. Careless Love

10. Evil Hearted Man

11. Hard Time Blues

12. I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song)

13. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town

14. John Henry

15. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

16. Like a Natural Man

17. Take a Gal Like You

18. The Foggy, Foggy Dew

19. Trouble

20. Waltzing Matilda

21. Wanderings

24. Lonesome Road

25. The Lass with the Delicate Air

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Track List: The Elektra Years

Disc 1

1. St. James Infirmary

2. You Don't Know My Mind

3. Number Twelve Train

4. Run, Mona, Run

5. Silicosis Blues

6. Red Sun

7. Southern Exposure

9. One Meat Ball

10. Gloomy Sunday

11. Free And Equal Blues

12. Jim Crow Train

13. Live The Life

14. Did You Ever Love A Woman?

16. So Soon In The Morning

18. Mother On That Train

19. Taking Names

20. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho

22. Raise A Ruckus

Disc 2

2. Where Were You Baby?

3. Jelly, Jelly

4. Woman Sure Is A Curious Critter

5. Empty Bed Blues

6. Bottle Up And Go

7. One For My Baby

8. Sam Hall

9. Prison Bound Blues

10. Trouble

11. Ball And Chain Blues

12. 'twas On A Monday

13. Going Home Boys

14. Told My Captain

15. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed

16. Bury My Body

17. Lay Some Flowers On My Grave

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Track List: Josh At Midnight/Ballads & Blues

1. St. James Infirmary

2. Raise A Rukus

3. Scandalize My Name

4. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed

5. Timber (Jerry The Mule)

6. Jelly, Jelly!

7. One Meat Ball

8. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho

9. Don't Lie Buddy

10. Number Twelve Train

11. Peter

12. Takin' Names

13. Midnight Special

14. Miss Otis Regrets

16. Woman Sure Is A Curious Critter

17. Prison Bound Blues

18. Gloomy Sunday

19. Ball And Chain Blues

20. One For My Baby

21. Jim Crow Train

22. Told My Captain

23. So Soon In The Mornin'

24. Bury My Body

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Track List: Free And Equal Blues

1. One Meat Ball

2. In My Time Of Dying

3. Free And Equal Blues

4. Number 12 Train

5. Jim Crow

6. Landlord

7. Betty And Dupree

8. Trouble

9. Beloved Comrade

10. Hold On

11. Jelly Jelly

12. When I Lay Down

13. The House I Live In

14. Fuhrer

15. Minute Man

16. Take A Gal Like You

17. Whatcha Gonna Do

18. Don't Lie Buddy

19. Motherless Child

20. No More Blues (No More Blues Lines)

21. Mean Mistreatin' Woman

22. Freedom Road

23. Miss Otis Regrets

24. Careless Love

25. T B Blues

26. Outskirts Of Town

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Track List: Josh White Sings The Blues And Sings (Volumes 1 & 2)

2. Fare Thee Well

3. Miss Otis Regrets

5. Jim Crow Train

6. Baby Baby

7. Number 12 Train

8. Dupree

10. Strange Fruit

11. One Meat Ball

12. Motherless Children

13. St. James Infirmary

14. Careless Love

15. Evil Hearted Man

16. Outskirts Of Town

17. Well, Well, Well

18. T.B. Blues

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Track List: Josh White - Volume 1 (1929-33)

3. Black & Evil Blues

4. Little Brother Blues

6. Howling Wolf Blues

8. Things About Coming My Way

9. Bad Depression Blues

10. Greenville Sheik

13. Double Crossing Woman

15. Lazy Black Snake Blues

16. Downhearted Man Blues

17. Low Cotton

19. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed

20. Motherless Children

26. Lay Some Flowers On My Grave

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Track List: Complete Recorded Works 1929-1940, Vol. 2

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Track List: Achor

1. He Who Feeds The Ravens

2. Holy Ghost Revival

3. I Love My God

4. You Amazed Me

5. To Burn In You

6. Our God Is Present

7. Let Me See Your Hands

8. This Better Part

9. He Is Abel

10. The Wall

11. Awake

12. Be Still

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Track List: Joshua White 1933-1941

2. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed

3. Lay Some Flowers On My Grave

4. Lord I Want To Die Easy

5. Silicosis Is Killin' Me

8. Nine Foot Shovel

9. Trouble

10. Told My Cap'n

14. Jerry

20. Bad Housing Blues

21. Hard Times Blues

22. Uncle Sam Says

23. Southern Exposure

24. Jim Crow Train

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Digitize that stuff, Beth. Uncle Sam Says just popped up. Never heard before. Thumbs up.
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Guess no one cares too much these days.great person and musician. Have several reel tapes from 60s recorded live in marblehead ma living room along with sonnet, or better known as jr. Number one son named in his honor. That was A time that.Can.t be surpassed. As peter Darrow sang "good bye josh" shamus with a bluesy heart to all josh fans
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elisabethr
This is the wrong bio! The Josh White who made this particular Album is a worship leader and pastor of a church in Portland, Oregon
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I dug this guy in the sixties, but I was kind of embarrassed - I didn't think he was ' authentic' enough. Now I'm embarrassed I didn't just listen to what sounded good - plud I find he was the real roots stuff too- he just moved on.
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@jgdaia: I have an album by Ella Fitzgerald performing that song. Great song.
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Nothin like hearing someone singin from the soul something a hand full of artist lack in are day and age in all genre of music delta blues speaks to your soul
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jgdaia
Anybody rember Miss Otis regrets?
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tb blues is so good
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xana_98
Pure, clean, blues. Beautiful.
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There ARE two Josh Whites'. One is father and one is son. Josh White Jr. lived in northwest Detroit for the longest. He used to do concerts at the community center in his neighborhood . For a 15 year stretch, I saw him perform/soci a l i z e regularly. It was an honor.
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i met Josh White in 1966 when i was a senior in high school and he was returning from a long absence from performing. My eldest son is named Josh in his honor...
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paconine
why does the full bio link take me to this discography page?
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" GOOD BLUES FROM THIS MAN " MR. F. THOMAS CLARK
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There are two different artists named Josh White here. Is there a way to separate them? I'm interested in the one behind the Achor (2010) album, not the blues artist, though I'm sure he is good too :-)
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They had a great bio on him here, where'd it go???
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horacio78613
"I want to die easy when I die", he had fear of the beyond as just about all of us do. So haunting his lyrics. I love the blues
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softmedia199 4
Have been listening to Josh White since I was little kid -- and that was a long, long time ago, when there were on LPs -- and his music has always affected me deeply.
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susan.barber
I'm feeling it
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I met Josh White in the summer of 1955 while I was a member of a summer stock company in the Catskills. Someone in the comapny knew him and brought his in and of course he was forced to entertain us. For three hours he sang and played a guitar with a missing string. It was an enchanting evening

Ted Disparte Las Vegas
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PIG THINKS HIS IS VERY GOOD
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My Baby,My Baby She says Cooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o l
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Amazing!!!
A true root of rock and roll.
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No comments left about this wonderful artist yet?
Well, let me be the first!!!

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