72 year old singer-songwriter Joe South died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Georgia. His best remembered hit single was "Games People Play" which reached #12 in 1969 and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. A year later he went back to #12 with the hit "Walk a Mile In My Shoes." Joe South's biggest chart success as a songwriter was the #3 pop and #1 country hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" recorded by Lynn Anderson. He was also an accomplished studio musician playing guitar on Tommy Roe's #1 hit "Sheila," Aretha Franklin's "Chain Of Fools," and Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album. Joe South retired from the music industry in the late 1970s.
- Watch Joe South sing "Games People Play"
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