White inducted into museum

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 8, 2009

FERRIDAY — Delta Music Museum officials announced Wednesday that swamp rock musician Tony Joe White will be the 2010 inductee into the museum at the Delta Music Festival.

White is known for the 1969 hit “Polk Salad Annie.” He also wrote the song “Rainy Night in Georgia” and produced Tina Turner’s “Foreign Affair” album, for which he wrote the hit song “Steamy Windows,” among other things.

“(White’s) famous song is ‘Polk Salad Annie,’” Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said. “I remember hearing that song as a ninth grader, and it has always been one of my favorite songs.”

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White is originally from Oak Grove, and Delta Music Museum Director Judith Bingham said the museum has wanted to induct White for several years, but were not able to because he could not be booked for a performance.

“Every time we tried to book him for the festival, he was doing a European tour,” Bingham said.

White is known as the “Swamp Fox” in Europe, where he has a considerable fan base, Dardenne said.

“He is a very well-renowned songwriter and performer, and he has really got a following in France,” Dardenne said.

“I think he is obviously a well-deserving inductee into the hall of fame.”

The secretary of state’s office runs the Delta Music Museum, which has the stated goal of highlighting the accomplishments of musicians from Louisiana or the delta region of the Mississippi River.

The 2010 Delta Music Festival will be April 3.