Josh White (American folk-blues singer/songwriter)

~ Person

Legal name: Joshua Daniel White

Also performs as: Pinewood Tom


Joshua Daniel "Josh" White (February 11, 1914 – September 5, 1969) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor and civil rights activist. He also recorded under the names Pinewood Tom and Tippy Barton in the 1930s.

White grew up in the South during the 1920s and 1930s. He became a prominent race records artist, with a prolific output of recordings in genres including Piedmont blues, country blues, gospel music, and social protest songs. In 1931, White moved to New York, and within a decade his fame had spread widely. His repertoire expanded to include urban blues, jazz, traditional folk songs, and political protest songs, and he was in demand as an actor on radio, Broadway, and film.

White became the closest black friend and confidant of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, White's anti-segregationist and international human rights political stance presented in many of his recordings and in his speeches at rallies were subsequently used by McCarthyites as a pretext for labeling him a communist to slander and harass him. From 1947 through the mid-1960s, White was caught up in the anti-communist Red Scare, and as a consequence his career was damaged. However White's musical style would go on to influence several generations of musical artists.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Ballads and Blues Josh White 1
1956 Josh at Midnight Josh White 1
1958 Chain Gang Songs Josh White 1
1960 Sings Ballads - Blues Josh White 1
1960 Spirituals & Blues Josh White 1
1960 The House I Live In Josh White 1
1962 Empty Bed Blues Josh White 1
1970 In Memoriam Josh White 1
1995 Josh White Sings the Blues and Sings, Volume 1 & 2 Josh White 1
1998 Blues And... Josh White 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Blues & Spirituals Josh White & The Ronnie Sisters 1
1993 Volume 1: 6 September 1929 to 13 November 1933 Josh White 1
1993 Volume 2: 24 November 1933 to 18 March 1935 Josh White 1
1993 Volume 3: 18 March 1935 to 7 March 1940 Josh White 1
1995 Volume 4: 4 June 1940 to 1941 Josh White 1
1996 Blues Singer 1932–1936 Josh White 1
1997 Volume 5: 1944 Josh White 1
1997 Volume 6: 1944-1945 Josh White 1
1998 The Remaining Titles: 1941-1947 Josh White 1
2000 Hard Time Blues Josh White 1
2000 The Blues: Blues, Spirituals & Folk Songs, 1932-1945 Josh White 1
2002 Blues & Ballads Josh White 1
2002 From New York to London Josh White 1
2002 Josh at Midnight / Ballads & Blues Josh White 1
2004 Free and Equal Blues Josh White 1
2007 The Roots of the Blues Josh White & Big Bill Broonzy 1
I Ain’t Got Nobody Bessie Smith / Josh White 1
Joshua White: 1933–1941 Josh White 1
The Essential Josh White 1

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