Heart Attack Claims Joe South
September 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM (PT)
Singer/songwriter JOE SOUTH, born JOSEPH ALFRED SOUTER, has died from a heart attack at the age of 72 in his hometown of ATLANTA. SOUTH was a two-time GRAMMY AWARD winner and inductee to the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME and GEORGIA HALL OF FAME.
SOUTH got his first hit in 1958 with the novelty tune "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor." He then wrote two songs for GENE VINCENT and played guitar on ARETHA FRANKLIN's "Chain of Fools," TOMMY ROE's "Sheila" and BOB DYLAN's "Blonde on Blonde" album.
His biggest solo hits were "Games People Play," "Don't It Make You Want To Go Home" and the socially provocative "Walk A Mile In My Shoes." He also wrote "Down in the Boondocks," "I Knew You When," "Yo-Yo" and "Hush" (a hit for DEEP PURPLE), as well as LYNN ANDERSON's "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden," "How Can I Unlove You" and "Fool Me."