Josh White Jr.

Josh White Jr. is a Grammy Award-nominated recording artist who upholds the musical traditions of his father, the late bluesman Josh White.[1]

Josh White Jr.
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Background information
Born (1940-11-30) November 30, 1940 (age 81)[1]
New York City, U.S.
Years active1945–present
LabelsDecca, Shanachie, Silverwolf


At the age of four, Josh White Jr. made his professional debut alongside his father at the Café Society in New York City. In 1949, he co-starred with the elder White on Broadway in "How Long Til Summer?" For his work on the show, Josh White Jr. received a special Tony Award.[1]

In 1956, Josh White Jr. made his solo recording debut on Decca with "See Saw," co-written with Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch was a classmate of White's at the Professional Children's School along with Christopher Walken, Sandra Dee, Leslie Uggams, and Elliott Gould.[1]

In the 1960s, White became a popular attraction in the college tour circuit, while continuing to record.[1]

In 1979, he headlined at concert special for PBS and starred in a stage biography of his father a few years later.[1]

He received a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Jazz, Ballads and Blues, another tribute to his father.[1]

White continues to record. His album, Tuning for the Blues, is a collection of folk tunes which was released in 2011.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ankeny, Jason. "Josh White, Jr". All Music Guide. Retrieved July 25, 2016. Folksinger and actor Josh White Jr. proudly upheld the musical tradition begun by his father, the legendary bluesman and social activist Josh White.