Joe South, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dead at 72

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Joe South, the man behind many classic songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has passed away. He was 72.

According to The Associated Press, South's music publisher confirmed his client's death yesterday and cited an apparent heart attack at Joe's home in northeast Georgia as the cause.

Joe South

"He's one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His songs have touched so many lives. He's such a wonderful guy and loved by many," said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group.

South performed on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" and Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and wrote such hits as "Games People Play" and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." He won the Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year for the former track.

Our thoughts go out to South's loved ones.

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My deepest sympathy goes out to Joe South's family and friends. I loved listening to his songs as a child; also my mother and family enjoyed them too. He will be sadly missed! He was one of a kind and like Elvis Presley, one of a kind songwriters!