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