Tony Joe White first started recording in 1968. He was born on the 23rd of July 1943. Essentially a country singer, he became known as "The Swamp Fox", named after the genre of music, called "Swamp music", that he helped to create. His first hit was with "Polk Salad Annie" in 1969, a track later covered by Elvis Presley. He also wrote numbers that were covered by people such as Dusty Springfield, and, as in the case of "Steamy Windows", Tina Turner, who co-wrote the track with him. Tony Joe White is not only the possessor of one of the finest voices in blues/country/rock, but he's a damn fine guitarist as well. There was a time in the mid to late eighties when no new recordings surfaced for a number of years, but that was rectified in 1990 with his excellent "Live!" album, and again in in 1992, with this album, "Closer to the Truth". He's still around today, and album releases have been fairly consistent.
  
Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie, from "Black and White", his debut album, released in 1968. On seeing the Swamp Fox, as Tony Joe White became known, in the flesh in 1967, music publisher Bob Beckham said to him "If you can hum, you're a star!" Born in 1943, he was the youngest of s even children raised on a cotton farm near Oak Grove, Louisiana. He first s howed an interest in music at the age of 16 when he heard an album by Lightning Hopkins. He later began performing at school dances and night clubs, first as Tony and the Mojos and then as Tony and the Twilights. Beckham got him a deal with Monument Records and he released his debut album in 1968. White went on to become one of the most acclaimed blues guitarists/singers in the world, building up solid fan bases in France, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. He's still around today, recording and performing. 
 

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Biography by John Bush
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, LA, 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 1970s: 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 reroll, 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. 

 

 

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Tony Joe White - 1969 - ...Continued - 3/5

Tony Joe White - 1969 - Black and White - 3.5/5

Tony Joe White - 1970 - Tony Joe - 4/5

Tony Joe White - 1971 - Tony Joe White - 4.5/5

Tony Joe White - 1972 - The Train I'm On - 4.5/5

Tony Joe White - 1973 - Home Made Ice Cream - 3/5

Tony Joe White - 1976 - Eyes - 2/5

Tony Joe White - 1980 - Real Thang - 2/5

Tony Joe White - 1983 - Dangerous - 2/5

Tony Joe White - 1991 - Closer To the Truth - 3/5

Tony Joe White - 1993 - The Path of a Decent Groove - 3.5/5

Tony Joe White - 1995 - Lake Placid Blues - 2.5/5

Tony Joe White - 1998 - Groupy Girl - 4/5

Tony Joe White - 1998 - One Hot July - 2.5/5

Tony Joe White - 2001 - The Beginning - 4.5/5

Tony Joe White - 2002 - Snakey - 4/5

Tony Joe White - 2004 - The Heroines - 4/5

Tony Joe White - 2005 - Hard to Handle (Live) - 3/5

Tony Joe White - 2006 - Uncovered - 3.5/5

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