Songwriter Tony Joe White dead at 75

“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.”

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4 Responses to Songwriter Tony Joe White dead at 75

  1. Elmo says:

    I watched a movie I’d never seen before the other day with Warren Oates and Lee Van Cleef. Both died of sudden heart attacks, Oates at 53 and Van Cleef at 64.
    Count your blessings. Every day is one.

  2. Paulo says:

    Terrific blues guitar player and singer. My granddaughter loved the line, “Gator got you grannie, chom chom chom” from Poke Salad Annie. Good way to go, quick and fast. 80 would have been better.

  3. Al in Georgia says:

    I was born and raised in Tennessee and was in the Navy in the early to mid 1970’s. In 1971 I was in electronics tech school. We lived in four man rooms in the barracks. One of my room mates was from New Jersey. This song, Polk Salad Annie, came on the radio. When the song was over, the guy from New Jersey looked at me and said that he didn’t understand a single word in the song. My other room mates were also from the south and we got what Tony Joe White was saying. I remembered this little incident about this song over 40 years later.

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