Joe South Dies

Joe South Dies
GRAMMY-winning songwriter Joe South died Sept. 5 following a heart attack. He was 72. Born Joe Souter in Atlanta, South began his music career as a country musician, joining pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake's band in 1957. South subsequently worked as a session musician at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Nashville and appeared on recordings by artists such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Simon & Garfunkel, among others. South earned the two GRAMMYs of his career in 1969 for Song Of The Year and Best Contemporary Song for "Games People Play," which was performed by saxophonist King Curtis. Among the artists South crafted songs for are Deep Purple, Billy Joe Royal and Lynn Anderson, the latter of whom had a Top 20 hit in 1971 with South's "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden." (9/6)  

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