Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Watch Joe South Team With Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal On ‘Ed Sullivan’

Joe South performs his signature “Games People Play” in a unique and starry vocal trio on a newly-shared clip from the archives of The Ed Sullivan Show. Taken from the November 15, 1970 edition, it shows South teaming up on the song with the two other guests on the bill, fellow Georgia natives Tommy Roe and Billy Joe Royal.

The famed show was within just a few months of its abrupt disappearance from American TV screens at the time, as it came towards the end of its epic 23-year run on network television. South had enjoyed a major breakthrough success with the song (from his fine Introspect album) early in 1969. It climbed to No.12 on the Hot 100 and went on to win two Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song. The single also reached the Top 10 in the UK and several other countries, rising to No.1 in South Africa.