Joe South

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: 60s singer-songwriter classic rock pop oldies folk rock rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Joe Souter, 28 February 1940, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. South was obsessed with technology and, as a child, he developed his own radio station with a transmission area of a mile. A novelty song, ‘The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor’, sold well in 1958, and he became a session guitarist in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals. South backed Eddy Arnold, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Marty Robbins and, in particular, Bob Dylan (Blonde On Blonde) and Simon And Garfunkel (most of The Sounds Of Silence). His 1962 single, ‘Masquerade’, was released in the UK, but his first writing/producing successes came with the Tams’ ‘Untie Me’ and various Billy Joe Royal singles including ‘Down In The Boondocks’ and ‘I Knew You When’. His first solo success came with the 1969 single ‘Games People Play’, which made number 12 in the US charts and number 6 in the UK. South also played guitar and sang harmony on Boots...

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