Passing of a great songwriter, Joe South, a family member of an old friend


Joe South

Last month someone I greatly admired passed away. I was a good friend of his uncle, Frank, many years ago in Atlanta, though he was considerably older than I was. Joe South was one of the great singer-songwriters of his era. He wrote¬†music recorded by everybody from Billy Joe Royal and Brook Benton to Jim Nabors and Gene Vincent, the¬† Osmonds and Carol Burnett in pop and Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Lynn Anderson and Lorretta Lynn in country. He was nominated for two Grammys and inducted into the Nashville Songwrtier’s Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1981.

Among his songs were Royal’s Down in the Boondocks, and Lynn’s Rose Garden. His own recordings included Games People Play and Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home? (my personal favorite at the time).

He played guitar on such records as Tommy Roe’s Sheila, Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde album.

He was born Joseph Alfred Souder on February 28, 1940 in Atlanta, and last month, on September 5, 2012, passed away in Buford, GA. I was even unaware at the time, because there was no media blitz.

I, for one, will miss him.

2 thoughts on “Passing of a great songwriter, Joe South, a family member of an old friend

  1. I remember a lot of the songs you mentioned. Although I didn’t know him personally, I loved a lot of these songs. Not like a lot of the songs written today, they had “meaningful” lyrics and touched your heart and soul.
    Thanks, Joe, for leaving a legacy in music.

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