Joe South
Feb 28, 1940 -- Sept. 5, 2012

Games People Play
#1 in 1968


Joseph Alfred Souter born in Atlanta, Georgia, was best know as a song writer. In July 1958 he wrote "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor". Billy Joe Royal recorded four South songs, including "Down in the Boondocks", "I Knew You When". South's most commercially successful composition was Lynn Anderson's 1971 country/pop monster hit, "Rose Garden", South died at his home in Buford, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta, on September 5, 2012, of heart failure. He was 72.
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