Joe South, Georgia singer-songwriter, dies at 72

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ATLANTA — Singer-songwriter Joe South, who penned hits like Games People Play, and Down in the Boondocks in the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 72.

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South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died Wednesday at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, according to Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group. The company published South’s music. Lowery said South died of heart failure, but did not know any other details.

South also wrote the Grammy-nominated (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden.

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.

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Jake
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Jake 09/05/12 - 08:54 pm
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Walk A Mile In My Shoes

That was another one of his hits. He was one of the many talented southern white boys (along with Steve Cropper, Spooner Oldham, Chips Moman, Dan Penn & Don Nix) that helped define the soul era of the 60's. I hate to see these guys "buy the farm" but thanks for all the great music you provided us with.

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TrulyWorried 09/05/12 - 08:55 pm
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Joe South

"Don't it make you want to go home" was another song that he sang and it goes back a long way. May he rest in peace.

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duncan 09/05/12 - 11:56 pm
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Joe South

It's sad that people don't realize what a great artist he was with such hits as "Walk A Mile In My Shoes, The Games People Play, and Don't It Make You Wanta Go Home, as well as playing on "Chain of Fools" and writing "Down in the Boondocks". A great artist from Georgia from the wonderful era of the 1960's. We will surely miss him!

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Jane18 09/06/12 - 07:53 pm
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Joe South

I always thought he was a good looking guy and soooooo talented.He really was a talented good ole'Georgia boy!

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