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    Posted: 29 Oct 2018 at 10:34pm
Tony Joe White was a “swamp rock” legend who wrote the classic songs “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia.” He died Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from a heart attack at the age of 75.

White grew up in Louisiana and began performing at school dances. He signed with Monument Records in 1967, first hitting the charts in 1969 with “Polk Salad Annie.” White’s “swamp rock” music had elements of Cajun, country, blues, rock, and R&B.

He was inspired to write songs about his life after hearing Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” He wrote “Rainy Night in Georgia” in 1967 and it became a soul hit for singer Brook Benton in 1970. White wrote, recorded and performed throughout his life. His last album titled “Bad Mouthin’” was just released last month.


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