Games People Play (Joe South song)

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"Games People Play"
Games People Play - Joe South.jpg
Single by Joe South
from the album Introspect
B-side "Mirror of Your Mind"
Released December 1968
Genre Folk rock, Country rock
Length 3:34
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Joe South
Producer(s) Joe South
Joe South singles chronology
"Birds of a Feather"
(1968)
"Games People Play"
(1968)
"Don't It Make You Want to Go Home"
(1969)

"Birds of a Feather"
(1968)
"Games People Play"
(1968)
"Don't It Make You Want to Go Home"
(1969)

"Games People Play" is a song written, composed, and performed by American singer-songwriter Joe South, released at the end of 1968, that won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.[1]

History[edit]

"Games People Play" is a protest song whose lyrics speak against various forms of irresponsibility, hatred, hypocrisy, inhumanity, and intolerance in both interpersonal and social interactions between people. The song was released on South's debut album Introspect and as a single, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] It was also a No. 6 hit in the UK in 1969, No. 4 in Ireland, and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.[3]

The distinctive guitar in the opening is played on a Danelectro electric sitar,[citation needed] which can be seen in a video recorded to support South's album "Introspect." Concurrent with South's version of the song on the pop charts, Freddy Weller, guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders, released a country version of the song in 1969 as his debut single; this rendition reached No. 2 on the country charts.[4]

Chart history[edit]

Inner Circle cover[edit]

"Games People Play" was covered by Inner Circle on their 1994 album, Reggae Dancer. It reached #84 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #51 on Cash Box. It reached the Top 10 in parts of Europe, and did best in New Zealand, where it peaked at number four.

Chart history[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]

Don Gibson covered "Games People Play" on his 1970 album, "Hits, The Don Gibson" Way.

Sami Jo covered the song on her debut LP in 1974.[18]

Tesla covered "Games People Play" on their 1994 album, "Bust a Nut".

"Games People Play" has also been covered by Don Williams and Conway Twitty.

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