Song Of The Day: Joe South – “Games People Play” (1969)

Let’s take a minute to remember singer-songwriter Joe South, who was born on this day in 1940. For most of the 1960s South was an Atlanta-based, behind-the-scenes studio guy, working as a session guitarist and primarily as a songwriter. He wrote “Down In The Boondocks” for Billy Joe Royal, he wrote the song “Hush” that Deep Purple turned into a hit, and had his biggest hit in the early 1970s with Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden”. But inspired by the social movements of the late-Sixties, South grew his hair, bought some paisley shirts, and decided to perform some culturally-relevant material he had written, including “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” and especially this classic number, which continues to find new life in TV commercials to this day. South died on September 5, 2012 but he will be remembered for this song forever.


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