'Polk Salad Annie' songwriter Tony Joe White dead at 75 A fine songwriter and singer, though covers of his material are better known. Elvis Presley covered this one a ton after it came out. Dusty Springfield covered his tale of race relations at a personal level. He was on Letterman a few years ago with the Foo Fighters. Dave L. summed it up nicely at the end. And he put out a new album just last month on Yep Roc. RIP, sir.