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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Joe South Dies at 72

The rock (or whatever you want to call it) world lost another legend today, with the passing of Joe South in Georgia at the age of 72.   Most people know him, if they know him at all, as the singer of the late-60s country/rock hit "The Games People Play" and maybe "Walk a Mile in My Shoes."  But he was much more than that.  He played guitar on Aretha's immortal "Chain of Fools"--and on Dylan's Blonde on Blonde (some also credit him with the hastily dubbed guitar parts on Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence").  He wrote "Hush" for Deep Purple--and other hits like "Down in the Boondocks" and "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden." Sadly, he faded to obscurity in the 1980s and since.  Here's Joe at his peak:

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