Song writer, singer and session musician Joe Souter, known professionally as Joe South, had written and played on many hits for other artists — but his composition “Games People Play” was his first chart topping hit at #12 on the Billboard Top 100: plus it won him not one but two Grammys as songwriter!
The 1969 Grammy for Song of the Year went to “Games People Play” written by Joe South.
The 1969 Grammy for Best Contemporary Song went to “Games People Play written by Joe South
Last but not least the 1969 Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance went to “Games People Play” performed by King Curtis. Curtis, Born Curtis Ousley, was both a renowned soloist and session musician on his tenor sax.
So there you have it — one awesome song and three Grammy wins!
Trivia: South was inspired to write this award winning song by Dr. Eric Berne’s 19 book “Games People Play:
The psychology of human relationships”
More Trivia: King Curtis and Duane Allman were both session players and great friends. They played together often and both Curtis and Allman are playing in the GPP track above.