R.I.P. Joe South: Grammy Award Winner, Eminent Songwriter Dies At 72
By Valli Meenakshi Ramanathan | September 7, 2012 10:25 PM EST
Joe South, a well-known singer and songwriter who gained popularity with hits like "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden," "Games People Play" and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," passed away Wednesday following a cardiac arrest.
Reports from the Associated Press (AP) note that South whose real name was Joseph Souter died at his home in Buford, Georgia.
South wrote dozens of songs in the 1960s and 1970s for several artists including Elvis Presley and Deep Purple.
His official site, joesouth.com, notes that he withdrew from music scene in early 1970s after his brother Tommy Souter's suicide and he turned a recluse while continuing to write lyrics for songs.
Also a gifted guitarist, he played on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools," and Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde," album, according to the BBC.
The late 60s song "Games People Play," won him two Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of The Year. The song dwelt upon hate, hypocrisy and inhumanity, the AP stated. "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" penned by South for Lynn Anderson was nominated for Grammy.
South was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1979 and The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
The singer is survived by his son and granddaughter. The funeral would be held in Atlanta Saturday, the BBC added.
Tributes continue to pour in for the prolific songwriter both on Twitter and his website guestbook as thousands mourn his demise.
His other hits included "Down in the Boondocks" sung by Billy Joe Royal and "Hush" by Deep Purple. The famous song "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" was sung by Elvis Presley.
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