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Josh White

Born: Feb 11, 1914

Death: Sep 6, 1969

Birthplace: Greenville

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Josh White

Date of Birth : Feb 11, 1914
Date of Death : Sep 6, 1969
Birth Place : Greenville

Joshua Daniel White, known as Josh White, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, and civil rights activist. He also recorded under the names "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in the 1930s. White grew up in the Jim Crow South. During the 1920s and 1930s, he became a prominent race records artist, with a prolific output of recordings in genres including Piedmont blues, country blues, gospel, and social protest songs. In 1931, White moved to New York, and within a decade his fame had spread widely; his repertoire expanded to include urban blues, jazz, traditional folk songs, and political protest songs. He soon was in demand as an actor on radio, Broadway, and film. White also became the closest African-American friend and confidant to president Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, White's anti-segregationist and international human rights political stance presented in many of his recordings and in his speeches at rallies resulted in the McCarthyites utilizing the pretext of labelling him Communist to slander and harass him.


  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Guitarist
  • Civil rights activist

Also known as

  • Pinewood Tom
  • Joshua White
  • White, Josh
  • Josh White
  • Joshua Daniel White
  • Tippy Barton
  • Pinewood Tom


  • Dennis White
  • Daisy Elizabeth White


  • Carol Carr


  • Josh White Jr.
  • Julianne White
  • Blondell White
  • Carolyn White
  • Judy White
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