Joe South

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1983 (The 1984 Induction Ceremony)

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Games People Play (1968)

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Will Joe South be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Nobody did "Games People Play" better than Joe South, IMO.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 09:14am

No chance for an induction. Actually a forgotten name.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 09:57am


Posted by classicrocker on Wednesday, 09.5.12 @ 20:02pm

Thats a shame... seems like they are dropping like flys..................
One of my all time favorite artist "The games people play" .. He sure sung that....
I wonder if has a bigger meaning? I must say a lot good music was bron in Dixie.. RIP

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 09.5.12 @ 20:07pm

My all-time favorite original songs by Joe South are Games People Play, another Grammy Award winner that I agree with, Walk a Mile in My Shoes, then Hush for Deep Purple, Down in the Boondocks for Billy Joe Royal and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden for Lynn Anderson, he should have already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame years ago, rest in peace!


’60s-’70s-era Songwriter Joe South Dies at 72

By Associated Press

(ATLANTA) — Singer-songwriter Joe South, who penned hits like “Games People Play,” and “Down in the Boondocks” in the 1960s and ’70s, died Wednesday, his music publisher said. South was 72.

South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, according to Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group. The company published South’s music. Lowery said South died of heart failure, but did not know any other details.

“He’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” Lowery said. “His songs have touched so many lives. He’s such a wonderful guy and loved by many.”

South was an inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

South’s song “Down in the Boondocks” was a 1965 hit for singer Billy Joe Royal. South worked as a session guitar player on recordings by Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” and on albums by Eddy Arnold and Marty Robbins.

South also had a solo singing career producing hits such the 1968 song, “Games People Play,” which won him two Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year. The song, which was released on South’s debut album “Introspect,” spoke against hate, hypocrisy and inhumanity.

“Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home” was another hit for South. He also wrote the Grammy-nominated “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” for Lynn Anderson.

But his music career was struck by tragedy when his brother, Tommy Souter, committed suicide in 1971. South’s last album was “Classic Masters” in 2002.

According to South’s website, he was born in Atlanta on Feb. 28, 1940. As a child he was interested in technology and developed his own radio station with a 1-mile transmission area.

In 1958, South recorded his debut single, a novelty song called, “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor.”

Posted by Rick Vendl II on Thursday, 09.6.12 @ 00:54am

RIP, Joe South.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 09.6.12 @ 02:25am

Joe South [1940-2012] - Games People Play

Posted by Rick Vendl II on Friday, 09.7.12 @ 22:20pm

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 07:52am

great writer singer and guitar player
from Dylan to the queen of soul and of course his own hits Did it all....

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 07.20.13 @ 22:47pm

great writer singer and guitar player
from Dylan to the queen of soul and of course his own hits Did it all....

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 07.20.13 @ 22:47pm

How can I get Joe's name nominated for this award/

Posted by howard kernes on Friday, 08.28.15 @ 03:54am

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Chairman interviewing future Hall of Famer the legendary Bob Dylan and ask specifically about Joe South and the impression Joe had on him and his music !!!

"Influence" and "Contribution" are a big consideration in the nomination process...

...How many other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers did Joe South work with, produce, play with, or write songs for or otherwise contribute...
Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Deep Purple, Brenda Lee, Chet Atkins, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Wexler, Wilson Pickett, Scotty Moore, King Curtis even John Lennnon and The Beatles !!!

Not to mention wiriting and/or producing the 1st break out hits for Billy Joe Royal, The Tams, Deep Purple and even played a part in The Big Bopper's biggest hit Chantilly Lace. The Osmonds, Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed, Al Kooper, Rick Hall, Eddie Arnold, Gene Vincent, Mac Davis, Bobby Bare, Tommy Roe, Martina McBride, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, Peter Drake, Lynard Skynard, The Allman Brothers and The Atlanta Rhythm Section and MANY more, all were influenced by Joe, Freddy Weller of Paul Revere and the Raiders has been quoted as saying everything he knows about making music he learned from Joe South !!!

A true son of the South, Joe's music encompassed R&B, Soul, Country, Rockabily, Psychedelic Rock, Southern Rock, Swamp and Outlaw music. His music was color blind in a black and white world and his songwriting had social impact and is powerful and timeless... He pioneered the Blues like verbal comments, cues or laugh (Yall, listen up, come on, Lord have mercy, ect...) between lines into a unique way of making the listener pay attention to the lyrics and feel the spirituality and passion of the message, as if he was singing directly to them. These cues have become much more common in Rock, Country and Pop music due to Joe South.
(like in Hush where he says 'Tell the Truth', later when Lynard Skynard was recording 'Sweet Home Alabama in Muscle Shoals, you get 'Turn it up' and after the verse about Watergate you hear 'Tell the Truth'

...Country Soul...

Posted by Jeffrey Folds on Saturday, 03.12.16 @ 16:42pm

Here is a link to a Facebook page "Joe South should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Posted by Jeffrey Folds on Saturday, 03.12.16 @ 17:47pm

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