Tony Joe White

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": blues blues rock swamp rock rock swamp classic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

23 July 1943, Oak Grove, Louisiana, USA. A country singer and songwriter, White was also tagged with the label ‘swamp rock’, a musical genre he helped to create. Raised on a cotton farm in Louisiana, he formed his first band, Tony White & His Combo, while still in his teens. He then formed Tony Joe And The Mojos before defecting to Texas to start Tony’s Twilights. He started recording as a solo artist in 1966 and many people presumed he was black after hearing his layered vocals. He had his first hit single on Monument Records with ‘Polk Salad Annie’ in 1969, later covered by Elvis Presley. Also contained on his debut Black And White was ‘Willie And Laura Mae Jones’, which was covered by Dusty Springfield. After succeeding once more with ‘Groupy Girl’, he wrote ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’, a hit for Brook Benton which became a standard. His first three albums were produced by Billy Swan, and Cozy Powell...

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