“Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” songwriter Tony Joe White died suddenly late Wednesday afternoon at his home in Leiper’s Fork, according to his family. “He wasn’t ill at all,” said his son, Jody White. ”He just had a heart attack. … There was no pain or suffering.” White was 75 years old, and known for his deep, growling voice and potent “swamp rock” sound, which incorporated elements of blues, rock, country and R&B. Over the last half-century, his songs have been recorded by countless greats, including Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Brook Benton, Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings and Tina Turner. “To me he was just the definition of soulfulness,” said his friend, Americana keystone Buddy Miller, who tapped White to play the inaugural “Americana at the Ryman” show in August. It was White’s 1972 record “The Train I’m On,” produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd, that first captivated Miller: ”The songwriting, his singing, everything came together. It was just like the perfect storm of soul in every way … and we need all the soul we can get these days.” Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Tony Joe White over the years Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tony Joe… Read full this story
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