ATLANTA (WRCB) — Singer-songwriter Joe South, who penned hits like ‘‘Games People Play,'' and ‘‘Down in the Boondocks'' in the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 72.
South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died Wednesday 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.
"Boondocks," his first big hit, was popularized by Billy Joe Royal in 1965. South also wrote the Grammy-nominated ‘‘(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, ' made popular in 1971 by Lynn Anderson.' After his 1969 hit "Games People Play," South scored with other hits including "Walk a Mile In My Shoes" and "Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home."
South was an inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He played guitar on Aretha Franklin's ‘‘Chain of Fools,'' Bob Dylan's ‘‘Blonde on Blonde'' and albums by Eddy Arnold and Marty Robbins.
This story includes information from the Associated Press