White was an important member of Cab Calloway's rhythm section during the ‘30s. White learned banjo as a child; he later took up guitar, as well. He performed with Charlie Creath, Dewey Jackson, and Ethel Waters during the mid ‘20s, then joined the Missourians in 1928, staying with the group after Calloway assumed its leadership in 1930. White left Calloway in 1937; after playing for a time with Lionel Hampton around 1941, he quit playing music full time.
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