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Remembering Tony Joe White

Images Tony Joe White

Vale Tony Joe White

By Jim Jacob

Two years ago today Tony Joe White, the Louisiana Swamp Fox, passed away.

I was able to capture some images along the way, stretching from Tasmania to Tennessee.

Tony Joe White – Photo: LTTL
Tony Joe White – Photo: LTTL
with yours truly
Tony Joe White – Photo: LTTL

On 11 September 2018 I was in Nashville Tennessee as part of our Listening Through The Lens TriFest Music Tour. It was the first day of the Americana Festival and Conference and we were lucky enough to be on the BMI Rooftop Kick-Off Party with Tony Joe on the bill.

He played a short set, featuring a resounding take of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom”.  He was also awarded a “Rainy Night In Georgia” airplay award from BMI.

His proposed Australian tour had just been cancelled due to back pain and he did look a little troubled that night.

Tony Joe White – BMI – Nashville

BIO

One of seven sons born into a north-eastern Louisiana farming family

Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe” inspired him to write songs about the American South

Signed to Monument Records in Nashville in 1967

Best known for “Rainy Night in Georgia”, “Polk Salad Annie” and “Steamy Windows”

Songs covered by Brook Benton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner

More popular in Europe and other parts of the world than the USA

He released around twenty full-length albums and toured relentlessly (usually with just his long-standing drummer Steve Jordan)

Died from a heart attack aged 75 on 26 October 2018

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WE REVIEW ONE OF HIS LAST ALBUMS

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2 Comments

  1. It was a lovely night on the BMI rooftop and a great privilege to see Tony Joe.

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    • It sure was Keiran – what a night! To be able to see a legend one last time. War and Treaty were on after I recall – what’s not to like about that!

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