b. Edinburgh, Scotland. White was a founder member of the Boston Dexters, the city’s only beat group to record for a national record company. The Dexters were a rousing R&B band, but the somewhat trite ‘I’ve Got Something To Tell You’ on their debut single did them little justice. White’s gritty rasp was better heard on Ray Charles ‘I Believe To My Soul’. The Dexters completed another single before fragmenting into the Buzz. When this new unit collapsed, White began a solo career which initially took a pop/soul direction, redolent of Long John Baldry. He then completed a mischievous debut album in 1969, but the set owed more to prevailing hippie-folk trends than his fiery, early work. In 1974 White won a UK television talent contest New Faces, and secured a recording contract with producer Mickie Most (one of the panel of judges). The singer scored a minor hit the following year with ‘What In The World’s Come Over You?’, but he was uncomfortable with the cabaret balladeer direction this ushered. In the 80s White returned to Edinburgh where he became a popular attraction, performing the blues-edged material he obviously prefers. He remains a gifted singer and his voice was used in the highly successful BBC television drama series Tutti Frutti. White has more recently branched into acting, appearing in Mel Gibson’s epic movie Braveheart (1995), although he prefers to keep his feet on the ground by regularly performing the blues.
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