Who sang rainy night in georgia first?

"Rainy Night in Georgia" was written by swamp rocker Tony Joe White in 1962. However the song was popularized by Brook Benton who signed with legendary Atlantic Records and recorded this in 1969. This was also covered by Ray Charles, Hank Williams Jr., and Tennessee Ernie Ford, and was #498 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

"Rainy Night in Georgia" hit number four at the Billboard in early 1970 and has since become a near-standard with more than 100 credits.

Tony Joe White was born into a part-Cherokee family, on July 23, 1943, in Goodwill, LA. He has managed his songwriting talent into a modestly successful country and rock career in Europe as well as America.

Of interest, in Tony Joe White's 'Holed Up' the guy lives in an Airstream trailer, which he said "This guy's a wannabe swamper — could be me,"... Holed Up appears on White's new album 'Hoodoo' which will be out Sept. 17. Find out more at USA Today.

Monday, September 09 2013
Source: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=6399