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Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White has parlayed his songwriting talent into a modestly successful country and rock career in Europe as well as America. Born July 23, 1943, in Goodwill, Louisiana, White was born into a part-Cherokee family. He began working clubs in Texas during the mid-'60s and moved to Nashville by 1968. White's 1969 debut album for Monument, Black and White, featured his Top Ten pop hit "Polk Salad Annie" and another charting single, "Roosevelt and Ira Lee (Night of the Moccasin)." That same year, Dusty Springfield reached the charts with White's "Willie and Laura Mae Jones." Brook Benton recorded a version of White's "Rainy Night in Georgia" that hit number four early in 1970; the song has since become a near-standard with more than 100 credits. White's own "Groupie Girl" began his European success with a short stay on the British charts in 1970.

White moved to Warner Bros. in 1971, but success eluded him on his three albums: Tony Joe White, The Train I'm On, and Homemade Ice Cream. Other stars, however, continued to keep his name on the charts during the '70s: Elvis charted with "For Ol' Times Sake" and "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" (Top Five on the country charts), and Hank Williams, Jr. took "Rainy Night in Georgia" to number 13 on the country charts. White himself recorded Eyes for 20th Century Fox in 1976, but then disappeared for four years. He signed to Casablanca for 1980's The Real Thang but moved to Columbia in 1983 for Dangerous, which included the modest country hits "The Lady in My Life" and "We Belong Together."

White was inactive through much of the '80s, but worked with Tina Turner on her 1989 Foreign Affair album, writing four songs and playing guitar and harmonica. He released Closer to the Truth a year later for his own Swamp label and toured with Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker to very receptive French crowds (Closer to the Truth has sold 100,000 copies in that country alone). His 1993 album Path of a Decent Groove was released only in France, though Warner's The Best of Tony Joe White earned an American release the same year. Lake Placid Blues (1995) and One Hot July (1998) were Europe-only efforts until 2000, when Hip-O Records brought out One Hot July in the U.S., giving White his first new major-label domestic release in 17 years. But White was just beginning to roll, or re-roll, as the case may be. The critically acclaimed The Beginning appeared from Swamp Records in 2001, followed by Heroines, featuring several duets with female vocalists, from Sanctuary in 2004, and a live Austin City Limits concert, Live from Austin, TX, from New West Records in 2006. In 2007 White released another live recording, Take Home the Swamp, as well as the compilation Introduction to Tony Joe White. In the summer of 2010 Rhino Handmade released a previously unissued live date from 1971 entitled That On the Road Look; later that fall, White's latest studio offering, The Shine, appeared through his Swamp Records imprint. The Shine gained enough attention that he then made the leap to the high-profile roots rock indie Yep Roc, which released Hoodoo in the fall of 2013.~ John Bush, Rovi
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foleygovtaff a i r s
With the passing of JJ Cale in '13, who is left that can do it. I mean 'Hoodoo'?! TJ please keep that guitar hot, those roots lyrics flowin, and your band doing what no one else seems to have figured out. And I will continue to play ur new stuff to old friends....
Tony Joe ("Rainy Night In Georgia") White
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
Even Trolls like Rock &Roll
One of the best concerts ever experienced in New Zealand - y'all come back now
Good in blues has always been my favourite
Gator's got your granny, chomp chomp. Hahahaha funny stuff
TJW kicks a**
I met and listened to TonyJoe in the late 60's in Corpus Christi,TX (where I resided) at a Holiday Inn , where he played daily. Used to listen to him in the afternoon, all alone int he night club while he was always rehearsing. In knowing him, have kept up with him I've kept up with his career.
kvons1
POKE- SALAD!
kvons1
PANDORA---is Roosevelt & Ira Lee the ONLY song Tony Joe White ever did?! How about Poke Salad Annie and MANY others?? Are music royalties on 40+ yr. old music THAT cost prohibitive to not play OTHER stuff? PANDORA----t h e variety of ARTISTS is great, HOWEVER the variety of SONGS from those artists is very limited! I have at least 28 various stations and the SAME songs keep cycling around and around in a circle no matter how I navigate or mix! ALL of these artists did more than 2 songs!!
ooooh...swaa a m p y
mrschaffins
i agree
way cool
kvons1
Polk Salad Annie-----Pa n d o r a ? ? ? ?
The BEST!
AWESOME TALENT
copperhead43 4
Even trolls love rock and role
Tony Joe White is a stud
Love the rhythm in Swamp Rap by Tony Joe
staaby82
I've been hearing "polk salad" damn near every week from the local blues cats and now just learned about Tony Joe.....
(I enjoy the rock stuff best)
The soul of the swamp, baby
the most hoffically squandered talent in the history of rock and roll.
brm110
if you like willie nelson or johnny cash or creedance clearwater revival you got to check out tony joe white

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