Singer-Songwriter Joe South At Died

ATLANTA (AP) — Singer-songwriter Joe South, who performed hits in the backward 1960s and aboriginal 1970s such as "Games Bodies Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and additionally bound songs including "Down in the Boondocks" for added artists, died Wednesday, his music administrator said. South was 72.

South, whose absolute name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, according to Marion Merck of the Hall County Coroner's office. Merck said South died afterwards accepting a affection attack.

"He's one of the greatest songwriters of all time," said Butch Lowery, admiral of the Lowery Group, which appear South's music. "His songs accept affected so abounding lives. He's such a admirable guy and admired by many."

South formed as a affair guitar amateur on recordings of some of the better names of the 1960s — Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, amid others. But he had a cord of hits of his own starting in the backward 1960s that fabricated his booming articulation a accustomed one on radio stations, with a appearance that some declared as a mix of country and soul.

He is conceivably best accepted for the song "Games Bodies Play," which accomplished No. 12 on the Advance archive in 1969 and won him two Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year. The aperture curve evoked the bulletin songs of the era: "Oh the amateur bodies comedy now, every night and every day now, never acceptation what they say now, never adage what they mean."

The song, which was appear on South's admission anthology "Introspect," batten adjoin hate, affectation and inhumanity.

He additionally 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 accompanist Lynn Anderson.

Earlier, South's song "Down in the Boondocks" was a 1965 hit for accompanist Billy Joe Royal. He performed on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools," as able-bodied as on Bob Dylan's 1966 archetypal "Blonde on Blonde," a boastful mix of rock, dejection and folk that Rolling Stone annual ranked No. 9 on its greatest-ever albums list. The annual credits "expert bounded sessionmen" with allowance to actualize "an about adverse magnificence: a deeply anguish astriction about Dylan's arbitrary accent and acute singing."

According to, South additionally backed up Eddy Arnold, Marty Robbins and Wilson Pickett.

But his music career was addled by tragedy back his brother, Tommy Souter, committed suicide in 1971. A adventures of South on says he confused to Maui and retired from recording for a time starting in the mid-'70s, and that his career was complicated by a rough-around-the-edges personality. South's aftermost anthology was "Classic Masters" in 2002.

According to South's website, he was built-in in Atlanta on Feb. 28, 1940. As a adolescent he was absorbed in technology and developed his own radio base with a one-mile manual area.

In 1958, South recorded his admission single, a change song called, "The Purple Bodies Eater Meets the Witch Doctor."

South was an inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of F

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