Singer-songwriter Joe South died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Georgia at age 72.

Joe South

Joe South was fully embedded in what is known as classic rock.  He wrote the song “Hush” that became a hit for Deep Purple.  He wrote the hit “Down In The Boondocks.”  He played guitar on Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and the Bob Dylan album Blonde On Blonde, now known as one of the great rock albums of all time.

On the country music side, he wrote a song called “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” that Lynn Anderson turned into a monster hit in 1971.

For me and many, many other music fans around the world, though, he will forever be known for one song that was the biggest he’d ever record himself: 1969’s “Games People Play.”

That song was a part of my childhood memories.  The stars who made those memories may pass away, but the memories go on.


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