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Singer songwriter Joe South passes away

Singer songwriter Joe South passes away

TRIBUTES have been paid to the singer-songwriter Joe South, who has passed away. He was 72.

Born Joseph Souter, Joe South had his roots in country and western but it was in the more mainstream music that he enjoyed more success.

In the early 1960s he had written Untie Me which became a hit in the R&B charts for The Tams. He followed this up with another hit, Down In The Boondocks, which was recorded by Billy Joe Royal. He also wrote Hush for Deep Purple.

A number of singers covered Mr. South’s Games People Play, but he re-released it himself (see below) in 1969 and it went gold. He won two Grammys for best contemporary song and song of the year.

He went on to pen what became his greatest hit, (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden. It became an international hit for Lynn Anderson (see below).

The pressures of success combined with the tragic death of a brother led him to spend time away from music, but by the mid-1970s he was back in the recording studio.

His last album, Classic Masters, was released in 2002. He released a new song, Oprah Cried, in 2009.

To see Joe South sing his hit Games People Play, click here.

To see Lynn Anderson sing (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden , click here.


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