Thursday, September 6, 2012

Joe South dies at age 72

Singer-songwriter Joe South died Wednesday at his home in Buford, Georgia, of heart failure at the age of 72.

South was perhaps best-known for his 1969 hit song, "Games People Play."  As a songwriter, he penned songs made famous by Billy Joe Royal ("Down In The Boondocks") and The Osmonds ("Yo-Yo"), as well as "Hush" for Deep Purple and Kula Shaker.  Lynn Anderson turned his song "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" into a huge country hit in 1971.

As a session guitarist, he played on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools," Tommy Roe's "Sheila," and Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album.

Joe South's bio appears in the link below.

Joe South biography

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