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Joe South

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South had several hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s with songs such as “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home” and “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”. His biggest and most remembered single was “Games People Play” (1968), a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song, the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and which bears a striking resemblance to the children’s gospel song, “I Don’t Want to Be a Pharisee”. It was featured on his first album, Introspect.

He had met and was encouraged by Bill Lowery, an Atlanta music publisher and radio personality. He began his recording career in Atlanta with National Recording Corporation, where he served as staff guitarist along with other NRC artists Ray Stevens and Jerry Reed. South’s earliest recordings have been re-released by NRC on CD.

South’s compositions have been recorded by many artists. They include Billy Joe Royal’s hits “Down in the Boondocks” and “Hush” (later a hit for Deep Purple and Kula Shaker), the Osmonds’ hit “Yo-Yo,” and Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas-era version of “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”, also recorded by Bryan Ferry and Coldcut. South’s most commercially successful composition is Lynn Anderson’s 1971 country/pop monster hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”, which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide. Lynn Anderson won a Grammy Award for her vocals and South won a Grammy Award for writing the song. South would go on to write more hits for Anderson such as, “How Can I Unlove You” (Billboard #1) and “Fool Me” (Billboard #3).

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  • kluk_jako_buk

    Pretty much what I came here to say: Joe South is possibly the most under-appreciated songwriting performer of his generation, at least by the general public. Except for maybe Nick Lowe. What does a genius songcrafter have to do to get into the Rock 'n' Roll HOF anyway?!

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    woah! dat voice!

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Truck468

    RIP

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    he had great songs. we miss him.

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Bastard1

    ...Keith?

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Spongeboy

    Joe South is possibly the most under-appreciated songwriting performer of his generation, at least by the general public. Except for maybe Nick Lowe. What does a genius songcrafter have to do to get into the Rock 'n' Roll HOF anyway?!

    8 Jul 2011 Reply
  • anika-f

    Hush!

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • SuperFknMario

    I think I have a new love.

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • psych0ut

    HUSH!!!

    19 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Roarie

    This guys tags are all over the place! Rock, country, pop, soul... make up your mind, people!

    9 Apr 2008 Reply

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