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