Oh the games people play now,
every night and every day now,
never meaning what they say now,
never saying what they mean.
Games People Play

Atlanta, Georgia born and bred singer-songwriter Joe South went home from the Grammys in 1970 with both Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song for “Games People Play.” Two years later, South received a Grammy nominee for the 1971 hit “Rose Garden”, as recorded by Country-Pop singer Lynn Anderson, which went on to became a smash in 16 countries. The song was originally recorded by Billy Joe Royal, followed by South himself, before Anderson turned it into his most commercially successful composition. Many reputable artists have recorded South-penned songs including Billy Joe Royal with “I Knew You When,” “Down in the Boondocks,” “Hush,” and “Yo-Yo.” In 1968 British hard rock legends Depp Purple churned a big hit out of “Hush”, while in 1971, The Osmonds covered “Yo-Yo” with great success, as it hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Paul Revere & The Raiders covered “Birds of a Feather” which hit No. 23 on the Hot 100 chart. Furthermore, many remember Elvis Presley’s 1970 rendition of “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”. The list of notable artists who have recorded and turned South’s songs into hits is a long one and includes the likes of Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Kula Shaker, James Taylor, Ike & Tina Turner and K.D. Lang et al. In 1979, South was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame and in 1981, he became a member of Georgia Music Hall of Fame.