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Atlanta Rhythm Section

Often described as a more radio-friendly version of Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers, the Atlanta Rhythm Section was one of many Southern rock bands to hit the upper reaches of the charts during the late '70s. Hailing from the small town of Doraville, Georgia, the beginning of the Atlanta Rhythm Section can be traced back to 1970. It was then that a local recording studio was opened, Studio One, and the remnants of two groups (the Candymen and the Classics Four), became the studio's house band. One of the facility's head figures, Buddy Buie, soon began assembling the session band -- singer Rodney Justo, guitarist Barry Bailey, bassist Paul Goddard, keyboardist Dean Daughtry, and drummer Robert Nix. After playing on several artists' recordings, it was decided to take the band a step further and make the group of players a real band, leading to the formation of the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Buie soon became an invisible fifth member of the fledgling band; he served as their manager and producer, in addition to providing a major hand in the songwriting department. Finding time between sessions to record their own original material (which was initially, entirely instrumental), an early demo wound up landing the band a record deal. The group's first few albums failed to generate much chart action (1972's Atlanta Rhythm Section, 1973's Back Up Against the Wall, 1974's Third Annual Pipe Dream, 1975's Dog Days, and 1976's Red Tape), but it was during this time that Justo was replaced with newcomer Ronnie Hammond, which would eventually pay dividends for the group. Although they had gained quite a bit of radio airplay down south, their record company began to put pressure on the quintet to deliver a single that would break them nationally. The demand worked -- the Atlanta Rhythm Section scored a Top Ten single, "So Into You," on their next release, 1976's A Rock and Roll Alternative, which was the group's first album to reach gold certification.

But this wouldn't be the group's commercial peak, as they scored the highest charting album of their career in 1978, the Top Ten Champagne Jam, which spawned two hit singles -- "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight" and "Imaginary Lover." To keep up their high profile, the Atlanta Rhythm Section soon became one of the hardest touring bands of the entire Southern rock genre (including a performance at the White House for then-president Jimmy Carter). But the group's commercial success would be fleeting -- it appeared as soon as mainstream rock fans embraced the Atlanta Rhythm Section, they just as quickly forgot about them. Each subsequent album -- 1979's Underdog and live set Are You Ready, 1980s The Boys from Doraville, and 1981's Quinella -- sold less than the previous one, resulting in the band's split shortly thereafter.

In the wake of their split, the Atlanta Rhythm Section has reunited sporadically for tours (although only a few original members would be present), and issued their first all-new studio album in more than a decade in 1999, Eufaula. Additionally, some of country-rock's biggest names have gone on to record Atlanta Rhythm Section covers -- Travis Tritt, Wynonna Judd, and Charlie Daniels, among others. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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deecybno
Try U-Tube for lyrics! nThat ws a mistake for Pandy!
Awesome tune
Why did they stop publishing lyrics? they had songwriter credits. sucks they took off lyrics.
not the best version,
We gave a shout out to Paul, and he seemed a little amazed. 68 wasn't bad for him. RIP
Thought Ronnie was SbP?
Saw the Boys at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA back in the day. They were tight.
bdllhe
When I go on a road trip ARS greatest hits goes right along with me!
My sincere condolences to Mr. Goddard and hsi family.
soooooo good! sooooo into you! makes me wanna make babies
Love this jam!
Really takes me back-such a classic groove.
excellent lovemaking song
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Takes me back to the good ol days..... They are so awesome!
Finally!
I saw then over seas when they played a bar
jerrymilline r 2 8
Saw em in 76 very good band.
I saw them at the 1978 Texxas Jam, my friend Beanie was a good friend of theirs and My Husband and I hung out at the Hotel Fairmont in Dallas
Meet Eddie Money/Willie Nelson great time....
They were better as session musicians
kvons1
ARS---Great group of the times---swee t memories. Remember buying this debut vinyl.
I think I'm going back in time . SPOOKY!?!:)
Lost in translation, with Bill Murray .
One of my favorite movies .
I'm so into you.
Great band.
a FAN of both the Classic IV and ARS. Just love their smooth laid back style. But of course it does bring me back to being in High School in the 70's!
Takes me back to high school, Friday nite football!!!a n d all the good times!!!!
Ronnie Hammond died in mid. Ga. Of heart problems in the Dr. Office . That voice will be missed. ...
The latest three albums added by Pandora unfortunatel y lack the singer who helped make the band -- Ronnie. But there are plenty of fine albums w/Ronnie that Pandora could add.
Is that even Ronnie. ..? Ouch.
Their Wikipedia page has been erased due to it being entirely copied from the band's website.
belkat
Sweet music. Goes down easy like cold beer and Louisiana oysters.
Love the group and the song...but this rendition sounds if they are half dead and dragging the other half. Not their usual beat or rhythm. Must be an old remake.
mmessina92
This band made me love Southern boys, for sure, y'all!
scott.stuart 8
One of the best Southern Rock bands of all!!!
thompsp8
A big thumbs down on this group
dlaughlin3
A bunch of good session musicians that always sounded smooth and polished. Probably went a little too pop in their format and this may have hurt them in the end. Guitar player was one of the best out there in the day!
Loved the music they did for Star Wars!
Used to listen to this band at Ft. Bragg, NC in '79.
These guys go down like Southern Comfort...fo r g o t t e n lately but remembered with fond memories...
ARS was always a favorite of mine during my teenage years. I used to work in Macon at the Stuckey's right off I-475. The ARS bus would sometimes drop by very early on Sunday mornings to drop off Ronnie, which was close to his home. I think they were typically coming back from tours in Florida. Paul, Ronnie, and either Barry or Dean would come in for a quick break. So sad to learn that Ronnie passed away in March of this year (2011).
Awesome band. You forget how good they are until you listen again. Boogie smogie1 Crank it up!
Stand 'em up against anybody. Can't compare They do stuff like Steely Dan. Fab band for years!
They are still playing and are on the road right now! Great show! I saw them last week in Atlanta!
rlight1414

goyya love this band saw them at the dog wood festial in ATL 1988
marca119
buddy buie came from my part of the world DOTHAN,AL. he is well known in these parts and now lives in EUFAULA,AL.
The opening track on champagne jam large time has ronnie hammond playing great guitar riffs,but the best song I think they ever did is on the album dog days, called Boogie Smoogie!Ron hammonds guitar work is second to none,the song is long, but kicks A.....! Give a listen to it!For all blues fans.
si senore
ARS....Paul Goddard, best bass player ever!
I love Imaginary Lover. A great and original song, true to life.
....my fav version of "Spooky" is by ARS! It's the best!
spooky...
Personally, ARS gives you a get up and move feeling, no matter what song. I've seen them in their heydays of the 70's. Southern Boogie is fortunate to claim them.
josephhfieti v
I had the chance to be front row to see them open for Charlie Daniels(who they blew off the stage). They did like a 15 minute jam on Angel...... one of the best shows I've ever seen
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