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White, Joshlocked

(11 February 1915–05 September 1969)
  • Michael H. Hoffheimer

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White, Josh (11 February 1915–05 September 1969), folk and blues vocalist and guitarist, was born Joshua Daniel White in Greenville, South Carolina, the son of Dennis White, a teamster and preacher, and Daisy Elizabeth Humphrey. The fifth of eight children born into a poor African-American family, White received little formal education. He later completed the sixth grade and may have attended high school for a time. As a child he was exposed to music through his mother, a leading singer in the church choir. At age seven he began to serve as “lead boy” (guide) for blind guitarists. His masters included John Henry Arnold, Blind Joe Taggart, and (possibly) ...

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