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RIP – Joe South

September 7, 2012 | Commentary

Joe South passed away on September 5, 2012 from natural causes stemming from a Heart Attach.

South was a song writer who wrote many hits of the 60′s and early ’70′s. A few of these are Billy Joe Royal’s songs “Down in the Boondocks”, “I Knew You When”, “Yo-Yo” (later a hit for the Osmonds), and “Hush” (later a hit for Deep Purple and Kula Shaker).

One of his biggest songs was “Games People Play”, recorded in 1968 and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

His career began in 1958 with the novelty hit “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor”. During the 60′s he was also sideman playing guitar for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.

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