Joe South

Joe South whose Games People Play was no. 65 in my Friday on my Mind posts has died.

Joe was multi-talented. He played all the instruments on Games People Play as well as singing and writing the song. He contributed to Bob Dylan’s LP Blonde on Blonde as a bass player and to Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools.

I have also featured his song Hush with which Deep Purple had their first British hit. Joe’s version can be found on You Tube.

After Games People Play won a Grammy Award Joe felt under pressure to come up with great songs every time. Many other artists have covered his songs including Elvis Presley with Walk a Mile in my Shoes. Joe’s version of that song is below. He also had a Grammy nomination with (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden with which Lyn Anderson had a big hit.

Joe South: Walk a Mile in my Shoes

Joe South (Joseph Souter) 28/2/1940 – 5/9/2012. So it goes.

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