Rest in peace to Joe South, the '60s and '70s pop-country-soul songwriter and session man who wrote hits for himself and others like "Walk A Mile In My Shoes," "Games People Play" and "(I Never Promised You) A Rose Garden)," a huge country hit for Lynn Anderson in 1973.
The empathic "Walk A Mile" became a standard of the late -eriod jumpsuited Elvis Presley's repertoire, and "Games People Play" was a typically tart South lyric that took aim at hypocrisy and religous sanctimony: "Then they want to sock it to ya / In the name of the Lord."
He also played guitar on Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album and Aretha Franklin's "Chain Of Fools." South - who was born Joseph Souter - was 72. He died of a heart attack at his home in Buford, Ga.
His Associated Press obit is here. Below, South's three biggest hits.