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