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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
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Stations Featuring
Atlanta Rhythm Section

    Southern Rock

    Southern Rock
    3 songs


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