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