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