Acclaimed songwriter Joe South dies at 72
Author of such hits as 'Down in the Boondocks' dies
His name was little known outside of a few households - but literally everybody hummed songwriter Joe South's biggest hits - "Down in the Boondocks," "Games People Play" and "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden." Singer-songwriter Joe South has died at the age of 72.
Songwriter Joe South withdrew from the music scene in the early 1970s after his brother's suicide and lived as a recluse, while continuing to write music.
He is perhaps best known for the song "Games People Play," which reached No. 12 on the Billboard charts in 1969 and won him two Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year. The opening lines evoked the message songs of the era: "Oh the games people play now, every night and every day now, never meaning what they say now, never saying what they mean."
The song, which was released on South's debut album "Introspect," spoke an anthem against hate, hypocrisy and inhumanity.
He also had hits with "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and "Don't It Make You Want to Go Home," and wrote the Grammy-nominated "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" for country singer Lynn Anderson.
South was an inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He played guitar on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools," Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and albums by Eddy Arnold and Marty Robbins.
Outspoken, with a rough-around-the-edges personality, South's last album was "Classic Masters" in 2002.
South withdrew from the music scene in the early 1970s after his brother's suicide and lived as a recluse, while continuing to write music.
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