Tony Joe White, a songwriter as well as recording musician with the laid back however somewhat harmful disposition of a well fed alligator, parlayed a distinct take on overload rock as well as country blues into an influential 50-year profession. The Louisiana indigenous died of a heart attack at home in Leiper’s Fork on Thursday at age 75. Just a month back, White released a brand-new album as well as made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
While he never came to be a home name as a solo entertainer, a run of tunes in the ’60s and also ’70s galvanized White’s online reputation as a songwriter that crafted crackling stories around roughneck as well as rustic personalities.
White’s very own variation of “Polk Salad Annie,” a partially spoken-word picture of “a wretched, spiteful, straight-razor totin’ woman”, was a slow-burn single on Monument Records that got to No. 8 on the pop graphs. It was his greatest hit directly, though Elvis Presley made it a best tune in his live performances. White’s “Rainy Night In Georgia” most likely to No. 1 on the soul graph as videotaped by Creek Benton and also came to be an American standard.
White toured, tape-recorded as well as mingled with the elite of rock as well as origins music via his life, including Steppenwolf, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, Jerry Lee Lewis as well as Mark Knopfler. He was continually a large draw in Europe, where he exemplified a specific stress of strange Americana. Among the distinguished musicians who recorded his tracks throughout the years were Etta James, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Cash as well as Ray Charles.
White was the youngest of seven children maturing on, as well as working, a cotton ranch miles from the local town of Oak Grove, Louisiana. He sang about it on his 2013 album Hoodoo in the song “9 Foot Sack. He left home after secondary school to play cocktail lounge and also in 1968 he started his writing as well as recording occupation in Nashville.
At the time of his fatality, White was currently obtaining praise for the brand-new album Bad Mouthin’, a raw, blues-based project launched Sept. 28. American Songwriter claimed its dozen songs “reverberate with the dark, threatening, rootsy credibility Tony Joe White has constantly shown.”