Country musician Tony Joe White, who composed for Tina Turner and created hits recorded by icons such as Elvis Presley and Tom Jones, died at the age of 75.
His family confirmed his death on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, Yep Roc Records said in a statement, without telling the cause of the death.
Author of the 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia," White was known for his deep baritone voice and his unique sound steeped in blues, country, boogie and R & B.
In 1989, he wrote Turner's hit "Steamy Windows" and his songs were popularized by artists such as Joe Cocker and Willie Nelson.
His 1969 debut album, "Black and White," contained "Polk Salad Annie," a track that Elvis liked to play live.
"If there was something like a line connecting everything I did, I'd say it's the real thing," White told Yep Rock.
"Even my songs, which are sweet ballads of love, are real, inspired by true love and real life, to be real, to focus on what is really happening around us. It is something I learned at the beginning of my life. life, "he said.