Singer-songwriter Joe South dies, age 72
Singer-songwriter Joe South, known for the early 1970s hit "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," has died at age 72, his publisher Bill Lowery Music Publishing said Thursday.
The Atlanta native died at his home in Georgia of a heart problem.
South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, won fame in the 1960s with "Games People Play," which earned him a Grammy in 1969 after rising to number 12 on US charts and number 7 in Britain.
Other hits included "Down in the Boondocks" sung by Billy Joe Royal, "Hush" by Deep Purple, and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" by Elvis Presley. His biggest hit was "Rose Garden," sung by Lynn Anderson.
South also was a renowned guitarist, playing in recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee and Muscle Shoals, Alabama on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" song and Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" album.
According to his official site, joesouth.com, he withdrew from the music scene in the early 1970s after his brother's suicide and lived as a recluse, while continuing to write music.