Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White ( born July 23, 1943 in Oak Grove, Louisiana) is an American guitarist and singer and is considered a typical representative of the swamp rock.


White's first bands were called Tony & The Mojos and Tony & The Twilights. When hired no permanent success, he embarked on a solo career. Inspired by the based on a tragic incident Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry, a No. 1 hit from 1967, he decided also to write something authentic from his home. Thus arose in the same year Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia.

In the summer of 1968, he was initially popular with his title Soul Francisco in France. The simultaneously recorded Polk Salad Annie gradually became a worldwide hit in 1969, which was covered by Elvis Presley. Ray Charles and Brook Benton Rainy Night took on in Georgia. The first three albums are characterized by large atmospheric density. They have both stylistic proximity to the classic soul of the 1960s as well as to rock groups like Creedence Clearwater Revival and were considered to be swamp rock, which paved the way for the southern rock of the 1970s. The three LPs on Monument Records have long been considered collectibles.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he was able to record any success. His television appearance on the show without filters in early 1992 in Germany made ​​him abruptly to a new audience known. Tina Turner coverte on her 1989 album Foreign Affairs four tracks from his pen: Undercover Agent Of The Blues, You know who, Steamy Windows, and the title track Foreign Affair.