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Posts Tagged ‘Joe South’

Died On This Date (July 30, 2015) Lynn Anderson / Country Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 30, 2015

Lynn Anderson
September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015

lynn-andersonLynn Anderson was a very popular country singer who had several hits during the ’70s and ’80s.  Her biggest hit was 1970’s “(I Never Promised You) A Rose Garden,” a Joe South penned song that hit #3 on the US Pop Charts and did nearly as well around the world.  Anderson had more than 50 Top-4o hits and hit #1 on the Country Charts twelve times.  She was nominated for seven Grammys and was awarded one for Best Female Country Performance in 1971.  In 1974, she became the first woman to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden.  Anderson took a break in 1980, but returned strong in 1983 with a Top 10 Country duet with Gary Morris, “You’re Welcome To Tonight.”  She continued to record and perform live well into the 2000s – one of her biggest crowds came in 2009, when she performed at Coachella’s sister festival, Stagecoach.  Her most recent release was a Country Gospel album, Bridges, which came out digitally in June of 2015.  Lynn Anderson was 67 when she died of a heart attack.

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Died On This Date (September 5, 2012) Joe South / Popular ’70s Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on September 5, 2012

Joe South (Born Joseph Souter)
February 28, 1940 – September 5, 2012

Joe South was an Atlanta-born singer-songwriter who penned some of the most popular songs of his era.  South was given his first guitar when he was just 11.  A quick learner, he was playing on his local radio station within a year.  Gifted electronically as well, South figured out how to build his own tiny radio station so he could broadcast his songs over the local airwaves.  He apparently mounted it in his car in order to stay one step ahead of the FCC.   In 1958, South scored a minor novelty hit with “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor,” which generally resurfaces on the radio each year around Halloween.  By the early ’60s, South was making a name for himself as a songwriter.  His songs were either recorded or performed live by the likes of Billy Joe Royal (“Down In The Boondocks”), Gene Vincent (“Gone Gone Gone”), Elvis Presley (“Walk A Mile In My Shoes”), Deep Purple (“Hush”), and Lynn Anderson, who in 1971, scored a huge hit with his “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.”  The song and record earned them each a Grammy.   In 1968, South released “Games People Play,” a protest song that cracked the Top 15 and earned him two Grammys including Song Of The Year.  The tune, which is one of the most iconic of the late ‘6os/early ‘7os, has been covered by Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, and Ike & Tina Turner, to name a few.  An in-demand session player as well, South can be heard on, among many others, Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds Of Silence,” and throughout Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album. Joe South was 72 when he died of heart failure on September 5, 2012.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus at Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.

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Died On This Date (July 29, 1988) Pete Drake / Pedal Steel Legend & Successful Producer

Posted by themusicsover on July 29, 2010

Roddis “Pete” Drake
October 8, 1932 – July 29, 1988

L-R: Pete Drake, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston

Pete Drake was an in-demand Nashville producer and pedal steel guitarist during the ’60s and ’70s.  In 1950, Drake formed an Atlanta-based  band that included Joe South, Doug Kershaw, Jerry Reed and Roger Miller.  He later moved to Nashville where he played on hits by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lynn AndersonTammy Wynette, Joan Baez, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  While in Nashville he developed a unique device to play his guitar through – it was called a “talk box” and it would reach the masses in later recordings  by Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh.  Drake died of lung cancer on July 29, 1988.

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