Josh White (American folk-blues singer/songwriter)

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Also performs as: Pinewood Tom

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Joshua Daniel White (February 11, 1914 – September 5, 1969), known as Josh White, 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 Jim Crow 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, 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. He soon was in demand as an actor on radio, Broadway, and film.

White also became the closest African-American friend and confidant to 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 resulted in the McCarthyites assuming him to be a Communist. Accordingly, from 1947 through the mid-1960s, White became caught up in the anti-Communist Red Scare, and combined with the resulting attempt to clear his name, his career was damaged.

White's musical style influenced many future generations of musical artists, including, Brownie McGhee, Pete Seeger, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Lonnie Donegan, Eartha Kitt, Alexis Korner, Odetta, Elvis Presley, Tracy Chapman, Joan Armatrading, The Kingston Trio, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Merle Travis, Dave Van Ronk, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Eric Weissberg, Judy Collins, Mike Bloomfield, Danny Kalb, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Richie Havens, Don McLean, Roy Harper, Ry Cooder, John Fogerty, Eva Cassidy and Jack White.

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Discography

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

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