REVISITING TONY JOE WHITE

Tony Joe White was born in Oak Grove Louisiana (today: population of 1,700) on July 23, 1943. White was born into a cotton and corn farm that his family operated. He is best known for writing “Polk Salad Annie” and “A Rainy Night in Georgia” a song made popular by Brook Benton. He actually did so much more than that, not to mention he was revered by many of his contemporaries.  Tony Joe’s first LP release was Black and White in 1969. Since that release there have been over 40 more, culminating in his latest “Rain Crow” in 2016.

White’s first album “Black and White”, was put together with the help of session musicians from Muscle Shoals and Nashville. I think that is a great indication of the respect and versatility that was Tony Joe.  None the less White struggled getting singles to chart. His biggest hit “Polk Salad Annie” started out slow, and at one point was considered a commercial failure. In 1969 the single finally entered the charts and peaked at No. 8 in the U.S. (Billboard Hot 100). Also on the “Black and White” album was a cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman”.

Certainly one of the highlights of White’s recent performing career was a live performance on the Lettermen show with the Foo Fighters (see below).  After the performance Lettermen commented, referring to White, “Holy cow! … If I was this guy, you could all kiss my ass. And I mean that.”

 

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  • August 5, 2017 at 5:06 am
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    Tony Joe has always keeps it good and greasy…… Waylon Jennings was driving around in his Fleetwood Caddy convertible and corralled Tony Joe on the street one day, evidently one of Waylon’s royalty checks had just arrived and Waylon bought a brand new Stratocaster to give to Tony Joe as they were very close friends and wrote a bunch of songs together. Tony Joe is a real humble dude and he felt like he couldn’t accept such a luxurious present from his buddy, so he turned down Waylon’s gift at first. Waylon put the guitar under the front wheel of the Caddy and Tony Joe was told there were only two options here either take the guitar or watch it get run over ……..that’s the Strat he’s playing on the Foo Fighters video…..

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    • August 5, 2017 at 11:42 am
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      Great story Rich… what I like!

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