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Industry Loss 

September 5, 2012 the music business lost a genius songwriting icon with the passing of The Legendary Joe South. Don Law performed two Joe South songs at the funeral on September 7, 2012 at H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel Atlanta, GA - "Don't it make you want to go home?" and an unreleased song Joe wrote about dying called "Flying". Joe's only child Craig South gave a fond heartfelt eulogy of his dad and chuckled about Joe's love of chocolate. Former Manager and Pedal Steel Guitarist for Joe South, Todd Cannon spoke of Joe's generosity and professionalism as a fellow session player back in the 1970's and brought attention to how Joe helped Bob Dylan get his "Blonde on Blonde" album sessions back on track. Zac Recording Atlanta Owner/Producer Jim Zumpano recalled some recent funny and inspiring moments in the studio with his longtime friend Joe. Aside from Joe South's Grammy award winning performance of his song "Games People Play", Joe had several number one hits covered by other artists such as Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden", Deep Purple's "Hush", Elvis Presley's "Walk a mile in my shoes", and Billy Joe Royal's "Down in the boondocks" to name a few. Thank you for visiting an important part of Americana,



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Radio Interview

Don Law and Joe South at Zac Recording 2003 during "Rose Garden" Sessions LISTEN to September 5, 2015 One Hour Tribute to JOE SOUTH > Real Country 92.3FM's Weekend DJ Janet Marie interviews DON LAW, Jeffrey Folds co-author, and Jim Mengwausser "MENGO" as they tell back stories about Joe's music and Janet Marie spins his hits. Joe left us on September 5, 2012. ENJOY!!! Click Here

Joe South's Exhibit at  
The Musicians Hall of Fame
and Museum in Nashville Photo Courtesy of Karin Johnson

Musicians Hall of Fame Founder and CEO, Joe Chambers, along with Nashville Music veteran Tom Long met with Joe South a couple of times in 2011 preparing to make an exhibit about him to be in the museum's Georgia music section. "We filmed an interview with Joe in music publisher Bill Lowery's office where he met with Mr.Lowery countless times over the years as a staff songwriter, artist, musician and producer." The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum also aquired from Joe South the electric sitar and Gretsch guitar he used on his many sessions for his own records hits like "Games People Play" and artists he produced and wrote for like Billy Joe Royal's "Down In the Boondocks" but also as a session musican for artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin.


                 Craig South  with his son Joseph Day South

Joseph Day South 7 lbs. 6 oz., 21 inches long, born at 12:27pm on October 6, 2013. Joseph is named after his Grandpa Joe South. His middle name Day is to honor Mama Heather's Grandma Dorothy. Jewish tradition is to use the same first letter of the name. Craig South is the only child and son of Joe South. What a wonderful tribute to his Dad. Craig currently works in Seattle, Washington as a successful voice-over talent. Craig and Heather South reside in Washington with their daughter and Joseph's big sissy Lily, age 11.

Joe's Funeral and Friends

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