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Tony Joe White

Posted on 11 November 2018 by Brian Walsh

Tony Joe White, the Oak Grove, Louisiana native best known writing and performing the swamp rock classic “Polk Salad Annie” (#8-1969), died of a heart attack Wednesday (October 24) at his home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. He was 75. Though his only other top 50 tune was the follow-up, “Roosevelt And Ira Lee” (#44) that same year, Tony Joe also wrote Brook Benton’s “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4-1970) as well as four tunes on Tina Turner’s 1989 album, “Foreign Affair”, one of which was the single “Steamy Windows” (#39-1990). He appeared in the 1974 film version of “Catch My Soul”, a rock opera version of Shakespeare’s “Othello”, with Richie Havens.

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Posted on 11 November 2018 by Brian Walsh

The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced the nominees for induction in 2019 Thursday (November 8). They include Tommy James, Lloyd Price, Cat Stevens, Beach Boy Mike Love and Jeff Lynn of ELO in the performer category and Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine (who wrote many hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn among others), Jerry Fuller (most of Gary Puckett’s hits), Jack Tempchin (many Eagles hits), P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri (“Eve Of Destruction” and hits for the Grass Roots), Tom T. Hall (“Harper Valley PTA”), Roger Nichols (several hits with Paul Williams, including some for the Carpenters) and Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (“Cry Like A Baby” and “I’m Your Puppet”). Winners will be inducted June 13 in New York City.

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