Monday, June 02, 2014

Joe South - Voice Your Choice

Joe South, was born Joe Souter on February 28, 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was first known as a songwriter, penning such tunes as Down In The Boondocks for Billy Joe Royal; Hush, also recorded by Billy Joe Royal as well as Deep Purple and Blue Swede; plus Rose Garden, a huge smash for Lynn Anderson and also recorded by Dobie Gray in 1969.

Before his big breakthrough in 1969 as a recording artist, he had two other songs on the charts. In 1958 his version of the Big Bopper song The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor peaked at 47 on the Top 100. He re-appeared in 1961 with You're The Reason, which was eclipsed by Bobby Edwards' hit version. Things changed for him and he attained chart success with Games People Play, which hit the charts in January of 1969.

On Treasure Island Oldies next week, Voice Your Choice presents Joe South. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Walk A Mile In My Shoes or Games People Play.