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Josh White: Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Josh White’s earliest recordings in the ‘30s were “race records” intended for the black, rural population; but White later crossed over to a predominantly white audience. “One Meat Ball,” for the Asch label, was a depression-era song that became the first million-selling record by a black male artist.

More a cabaret singer by the late ‘40s, White became a leading voice of black America and a voice that repeatedly reminded America of its social injustices.