A country rocker and songwriter who achieved legendary stature among music insiders even if he never became a household name has died. The AP reports that Tony Joe White, who penned hit songs including “Polk Salad Annie” and “A Rainy Night in Georgia,” died Wednesday in Nashville. He was 75.
The Yep Roc Music Group record label confirmed White’s death, but did not release any details on his cause of death.
“White, originally from Louisiana, had a hit in 1969 with ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and his songs were covered by Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings and many more,” the AP reports. “White’s music spanned many genres from country, rock, blues and R&B. Yep Roc released his last album in September called ‘Bad Mouthin.’’”
Here’s an appearance by White on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in which he performs “Polk Salad Annie” backed by the Foo Fighters …