Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Josh White (1914-1969) was the man of many firsts.

From his wikipedia page:  "White was in many senses a trailblazer:  popular country bluesman in the early 1930s, responsible for introducing a mass white audience to folk-blues in the 1940s, and the first black singer-guitarist to star in Hollywood films and on Broadway.  On one hand he was famous for his civil rights songs, which made him a favorite of the Roosevelts, and on the other he was known for his sexy stage persona (a first for a black male artist).  He was the first black singer to give a White House command performance (1941), to perform in previously segregated hotels (1942), to get a million-selling record ("One Meatball", 1944), and the first to make a solo concert tour of America (1945).  He was also the first folk and blues artist to perform in a nightclub, the first to tour internationally, and (along with Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie) the first to be honored with a US postage stamp.  White and Libby Holman became the first mixed race male and female artists to perform together, record together and tour together in previously segregated venues across the United States."

And he could sing.

I never got to see him in person but I did see his son, Josh White, Jr., in concert.  It was the week after White's death and it was his son's first performance since his father passed.  A great show.


"While the Blood Runs Warm in Your Veins"

"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"

"Lord, I Want to Die Easy"

"There's a Man Goin' Around Taking Names"

"Bad Depression Blues"

"Crying Blues"

"Four and Twenty Elders"

"So Sweet, So Sweet"

"This Heart of Mine"

"No More Ball and Chain"

"Mean Mistreater Mama"

"On My Way"

"One Meatball"

And here's "One Meatball" done by Josh White, Jr.

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