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Joe South

Singer/songwriter Joe South (born Joe Souter) began his career as a country musician, performing on an Atlanta radio station and joining Pete Drake's band in 1957. The following year, he recorded a novelty single, "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor," and became a session musician in Nashville and at Muscle Shoals. South appeared on records by Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan (Blonde on Blonde), and Simon & Garfunkel ("The Sounds of Silence"). During the '60s, South began working on his songwriting, crafting hits for Deep Purple ("Hush") and several for Billy Joe Royal, including "Down in the Boondocks." South began recording his own material in 1968, scoring a hit with the Grammy-winning "Games People Play" (Song of the Year) the following year. While South produced hits like "Don't It Make You Want to Go Home" and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," Lynn Anderson had a smash country and pop hit in 1971 with South's "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden."

South took several years off after his brother's suicide in 1971, moving to Maui and living in the jungles. He had proven a rather prickly character, recording a song entitled "I'm a Star"; he was also busted for drugs and, never entirely comfortable performing, was known for an antagonistic stance in concert (he once suggested that audience members start dancing around the concert hall and kiss his a** as they approached the stage). South briefly returned in 1975 with the Midnight Rainbows LP but retired from recording and performing soon afterwards. South returned in 1994 in a London concert showcasing American Southern performers and later re-entered the music publishing industry. He died from a heart attack at his home in Georgia in September of 2012; Joe South was 72 years old. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: So The Seeds Are Growing / A Look Inside

1. So The Seeds Are Growing

2. No Fence Around Me

3. I've Got To Be Somebody

4. Revolution Of Love

5. United We Stand

6. The Other Side Of Life

7. Drown In My Own Tears

8. Lady Moon Walker

9. Rolling On

10. Motherless Children

11. Coming Down All Alone

12. Imitation Of Living

13. It Hurts Me Too

14. Real Thing

15. One Man Band

16. Misunderstanding

17. Misfit

18. Save Your Best

19. I'm A Star

20. All Nite Lover, All Day Friend

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Track List: Introspect-Don't It Make You Want to Go Home

1. All My Hard Times

2. Rose Garden

3. Mirror Of Your Mind

4. Redneck

5. Don't Throw Your Love To The Wind

6. The Greatest Love

7. Games People Play

8. These Are Not My People

9. Don't You Be Ashamed

10. Birds Of A Feather

11. Gabriel

12. Clock Up On The Wall

13. Bittersweet

14. Shelter

15. What Makes Lovers Hurt One Another?

16. Before It's Too Late

17. Children

18. Walk A Mile In My Shoes

19. Be A Believer

20. A Million Miles Away

21. Don't It Make You Want To Go Home?

22. Hole In Your Soul

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Track List: Anthology

1. Hush

2. Down In The Boondocks

3. Games People Play

4. Mirror Of Your Mind

5. All My Hard Times

6. Rose Garden

7. The Greatest Love

8. Redneck

9. These Are Not My People

10. Don't You Be Ashamed

11. Birds Of A Feather

12. Untie Me

13. Concrete Jungle

14. Clock Up On The Wall

15. Children

16. Be A Believer

17. Walk A Mile In My Shoes

18. Don't It Make You Want To Go Home?

19. High On A Hilltop

20. Real Thing

21. Save Your Best

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Track List: NRC: Joe South, The NRC Years, 1958-1961

1. I'm Snowed

2. It's Only You

3. The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor

4. My Fondest Memories

5. One Fool To Another

6. Texas Ain't The Biggest Anymore

7. Chills

8. What A Night

9. Play It Cool

10. Little Bluebird

11. Tell The Truth

12. If You Knew Her

13. Formality

14. Let's Talk It Over

15. Baby, That's Alright

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Billie Joe Royal recorded Hush years before Deep Purple.
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Joe apparently was afflicted with the same introspectiv e / socially awkward bug that others like Harry Nilsson and Warren Zevon were. How ironic it is that this trait, that restrained their ability to express themselves in public, is what gave them so much to say.
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The games people play never meaning what they say never saying what they mean
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michaelrocks 6 8
I listened to your music as a little boy in the early 1970s on AM radio. Rest in peace and thank you.... : )
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We wile away the hours until we're covered up with flowers in the back of a black limousine
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After the death of his brother, Tommy, in 1971, Joe Souter (South) produced little more. His brother had backed him up as a drummer so the numerous hits Joe South had were in a very short period of time.
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I loved Joe as a kid growing up. Mom got me a copy of Introspect for my Birthday a few years ago, and Ironically, he passed on my birthday. An awesome musician.
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Joe south walk a mile in my shoes down in the boondocks great songs
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I knew Joe South in '68 and '69 in Atlanta. With Billy Joe Royal and the other members of the Atlanta Mafia he was a great guy with a real sense of humor. He will be missed. RIP Joe!!
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krmeade1
Rose Garden, 3 thumbs up! Sorry Lynn Anderson just hold a candle to Joe on this one.
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tgr32
Met Joe at and Oldsmobile dealership I worked at in Atlanta in '69 where he had purchased a mean 442. Music just as good today as it was then. We miss you Joe.
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once owned a copy of Games people play and played it til the record was worn smooth...qui t e a story teller, Joe was.
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dsasp
The first song i ever heard was Games people play, and that was all it took for me to like his music! Such truth to the words!!!
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"The Games People Play" is a great song with an unforgetable message!
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kellied
Oh Joe, you are as current now with the world as you were when you wrote this song!

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