Songwriter's legacy continues
Whatever happened to singer/songwriter Joe South? His song Games People Play was one of my favorites.
—Lois R., Michigan
South, 68, is semi-retired and living in Atlanta. He no longer gives interviews, but his music still speaks for itself. In addition to writing I Beg Your Pardon for Lynn Anderson and Down in the Boondocks for Billy Joe Royal, he became a pop star in his own right in the 1970s with such hits as Walk a Mile In My Shoes, Don't It Make You Want to Go Home, and Games People Play. He played guitar on recording sessions for Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel. He moved to Nashville in 1961 but soon returned to Atlanta, where his career took off. He last released an album in 1975, but new acts continue to cover his songs to this day.