Chart Position: 12

  • Written by Joe South
  • Won Song of the Year and best contemporary song Grammy awards
  • Joe South is from Atlanta GA
  • Recorded in Atlanta GA
  • This is Joe South’s biggest hit single
  • Guitar sitar: Joe South
  • Song’s title was inspired by Dr. Eric Berne’s book ‘Games People Play’
  • Later recorded by Ray Stevens (1969), Mel Torme (1969), Jackie Trent & Tony Hatch (1969), Dolly Parton (1969), Della Reese (1969), Ed Ames (1969), Bill Anderson (1969), Jim Nabors (1970), Freddy Weller (1969), Hank Williams Jr (1969), Petula Clark, Jack Jones (1970), Bill Haley and Comets (1971), Dionne Warwick (1972), Johnny Hartman (1972), Barbara Mandrell (1971), Ike & Tina Turner, King Curtis w/Duane Allman, Jerry Lee Lewis (1973), Tremeloes,  Eugene Chadbourne w/Camper Van beethoven (1987), Georgia Satellites, Pleasure Barons (1993), Bill Staines (2000), Tesla (1994) and Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise (2006)

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