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Atlanta Rhythm Section

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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
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Stations Featuring
Atlanta Rhythm Section

    Southern Rock

    Southern Rock
    3 songs

    Halloween

    Halloween
    1 song

    Sailing Away

    Sailing Away
    2 songs

    Super '70s

    Super '70s
    3 songs

    Classic Rock

    2 songs

    Classic Hard Rock

    2 songs

Albums by
Atlanta Rhythm Section

Top Songs by
Atlanta Rhythm Section

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   So into You
  3.   Spooky
  4.   Imaginary Lover
  5.   Champagne Jam
  6.   I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
  7.   Georgia Rhythm
  8.   Doraville
  9.   Jukin'/San Antorio Rose
  10.   Angel (What In the World's Come Over Us)
  11.   Do It or Die
  12.   Medley: I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight / Champagne Jam / Doraville
  13.   Sharp Dressed Man/Gimmie All Your Lovin'
  14.   Hold on Loosely
  15.   Call Me the Breeze
  16.   Outlaw Music
  17.   You're So Strong
  18.   Who You Gonna Run To
  19.   Pretty Girl
  20.   Long Distance Love
  21.   Takin' Care of Business
  22.   Chapagne Jam
  23.   Everybody Gotta Go
  24.   When
  25.   Dreamy Alabama
  26.   Outside Woman Blues
  27.   The Ballad of Lois Malone
  28.   I Don't Want to Grow Old Alone
  29.   Voodoo
  30.   Going to Shangri-La
  31.   Higher
  32.   Neon Nites
  33.   Jukin'
  34.   My Song
  35.   Long Tall Sally
  36.   Sky High
  37.   Alien
  38.   I'm Not the Only One
  39.   You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
  40.   Medley: Dog Days / Spooky / Georgia Rhythm
  41.   Song & Dance Man
  42.   Atlanta Jam
  43.   Rocky Raccon
  44.   Midnight Rider
  45.   Tuesday's Gone
  46.   Bad Case Of Lovin' You
  47.   Love Me Just A Little (Sometime)
  48.   Free Psirit
  49.   The Boys Are Back in Town
  50.   Love Hurts
  51.   Sleep With One Eye Open
  52.   Homesick Blues
  53.   Don't Miss the Message
  54.   What's up Wid Dat?
  55.   Unique
  56.   What Happened to Us
  57.   Fine Day
  58.   Nothing's as Bad as It Seems
  59.   The Great Escape
  60.   She Knows All My Tricks
  61.   Homesick
  62.   Free Spirit
  63.   Large Time
  64.   Boogie Smoogie
  65.   Will I Live On?
  66.   Conversation
  67.   Back Up Against the Wall
  68.   What's Up Wid Dat?
  69.   Stormy (Noah's Ark)
  70.   Georgie Rhythm
  71.   Stormy Monday Blues
  72.   Silver Bells
  73.   Hitch-Hiker's Hero
  74.   How Can You Do This?
  75.   Evileen
  76.   Normal Love
  77.   Child of the Video Age
  78.   Quinella
  79.   Dog Days
  80.   Crazy