Personalities | Josh White | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1908–69)

Joshua Daniel White was born in Greenville, South Carolina, to a preacher father and a mother who sang in church. He worked in tandem with street singers such as Blind Blake and Blind Joe Taggart for much of the 1920s. His recording debut was made for Paramount in 1928 but his work for Banner/ARC beginning in 1932 is considered to be his most important. He recorded sacred music (as ‘Joshua White, The Singing Christian’) in addition to blues under his own name or as ‘Pinewood Tom’. After 1940, he was increasingly involved with folk music, where he was promoted to white audiences.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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