Tony Joe White (born July 23, 1943 in Goodwill, Oak Grove, Louisiana) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie", and for "Rainy Night in Georgia" which he wrote, but which was first made popular by Brook Benton. "Polk Salad Annie" was also recorded by Elvis Presley.
Nicknamed "the Swamp Fox", he is regarded as an original exponent of the sub-genre Swamp rock. His songs have been recorded by at least 25 major artists.
In 1969, Tony Joe White from Louisiana had a U.S. Top 10 hit with his classic swamp rock song "Polk Salad Annie," followed in 1970, by Brook Bentonâ€™s soulful rendition of White's timeless "Rainy Night In Georgia."
In late September 1973, White was recruited by producer Huey P. Meaux to sit in on the legendary Memphis sessions that became the landmark Southern Roots album of Jerry Lee Lewis.By all accounts, these sessions were a three day, around the clock party, which not only reunited the original MGs (Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Al Jackson Jr. of Booker T. and the MGs fame) for th...