Download A gent by the name of Joe South began his career in 1958 with the novelty song “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor”. Joe wrote the song and performed it in Atlanta when he was 18 years old. The song eventually was recorded by The Big Bopper and was a semi-hit. Thankfully, he got a little more serious with his song writing and gave us such treasures as “Games People Play”, which he recorded himself – “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson – and this little gem I’m featuring today “Down in the Boondocks”.
Billy Joe Royal recorded South’s tune in 1965 and it went to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I can still remember singing along with it as a kid. The story line is “poor boy can’t have rich girl” – reminds me of the Johnny Rivers hit “Poor Side of Town” with a story line “poor boy ridicules poor girl who thought she could hook up with a rich guy and now she’s come back to poor boy – wrong”. Okay, that’s a stretch, but “Boondocks” was a catchy tune back in the day and can be used in a sixties set.