Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Joe South

Joe South, who died today, may seem like a minor figure in Pop music history.  Everyone knows the songs he wrote that were hits for others:
"Rose Garden", "Hush", "Down In The Boondocks".   And then there were his only Top 40 hits:  "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes".  Not to mention the #41 "Don't It Make You Want To Go Home".

And you might be surprised to find out he played on Blonde on Blonde.

But his brief run of songwriting prowess came to an end in 1971 when his brother committed suicide.

These are the Pop names that have always fascinated me.  People we know, but have forgotten about.  It's when they die that we see there career laid out in front of us.  

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