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Artie ``Blues Boy`` White

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Artie “Blues Boy” White was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His first public musical experience was singing gospel with The Harps of David. Moving to Chicago in 1956, White continued to sing gospel with The Full Gospel Wonders.

White switched over to blues in the early 1960s. Over the next two decades, he recorded a number of singles with independent labels such as P&M, Gamma, and Al Tee. He briefly reached the R & B charts with “You Are My Leanin’ Tree” on the Al Tee Label in 1977. His hit sold over 100,000 copies. In 1984, singles “Jimmy” and “I need Someone” on the Jewel Record Label became classics and “Blues Boy” became his signature recording name.

White signed a recording contract with Stan Lewis’s Ronn/Jewel/Paula consortium in 1985. In 1987, White moved on to John Abbey’s Ichiban label where he recorded, arranged and produced his next seven albums. He was a fixture there until he signed with Malaco’s Waldoxy Label in 1994. His first CD on this label, Different Shades of Blue featured the hit “Marry My Mother-In-Law”. White’s version of “Your Man is Home Tonight” signaled that Waldoxy had moved decidedly into the same territory of soul blues that Malaco had been mining since ZZ Hill first signed with the company in 1980.  White was nominated for the Jackson Blues Award for this landmark release. White’s 1999 CD Can We Get Together received top reviews. Artie was a headliner at the Chicago Blues Festival in June of 2000. His overseas concerts keep him in demand for return performances.

Artie received the “Award of Honor” for his contribution to music at the 2002 Chicago Music Awards. He released “I Can’t Get Enough” on the Achilltown Label on November 1, 2001.

Artie has performed with greats such as B.B. King, KoKo Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Bland, James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, McKinley Mitchell, The Dells, Chi-Lites, Little Milton, Bobby Rush, The late Johnnie Taylor, Latimore, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, Tyrone Davis, Otis Clay, Sugar Hill Gang, and many others.

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