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This Day in Georgia History

September 05, 2012

Joe South Died

To view an image of Joe South, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Atlanta-born singer and songwriter Joe South died at age 72 of a heart attack at his home in Buford, Ga. Born on Feb. 28, 1940, as Joseph Souter, he adopted his stage name in the 1960s. As a singer, he is best known for such hits in the 1960s and ’70s as “Games People Play” (for which he won two Grammys) and “Walk A Mile in My Shoes.” But he wrote a number of songs that other performers recorded, such as “Down in the Boondocks” and “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden.” Among the major recording artists who performed his songs were Lynn Anderson, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joe Royal, and Simon and Garfunkel. Later in his career, South was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.