The Atlanta Rhythm Section
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(Atlanta Rhythm Section) is a southern rock band based in
Atlanta, Georgia. The cream of the studio musicians from Atlanta, the Atlanta
Rhythm Section (actually from nearby Doraville, Georgia) came
together in 1970 after working at a Roy Orbison recording session.
Dean Daughtry (keyboards) and drummer Robert Nix had
been members of Orbison's backing group, the Candymen, and both Daughtry
and J.R. Cobb (guitar) had been members of the Top 40 hitmakers Classics
IV. Rounding out the line-up were vocalist Rodney Justo (replaced after
the first album by Ronnie Hammond), Barry Bailey (guitar), and Paul
The group recorded two albums for Decca Records in
1972, neither of which made much of an impact. Their first album
for Polydor Records (to which they signed in 1974), "Third
Annual Pipe Dream," reached number 74 in the US. In 1977, the
single "So Into You" became the band's breakthrough, reaching
the US Top 10, as did the album from which it came, "A Rock And
The band peaked in the late 70's and early 80's with a
string of incredible albums and such great hits as "So Into You,"
Jam," "Imaginary Lover," "Doraville" and
The band followed with gold record after gold record,
and toured all over the country. ARS even toured Japan and was invited
to the White House (by then President and Georgia native Jimmy Carter).
ARS was started by Buddy Buie. Buddy was an
experienced song writer, and together with J.R. Cobb wrote such hits as
"Traces," "Stormy," "Spooky," and others.
However, Buddy also produced these songs and thus came into contact with
many great session musicians. Thus, he gathered the best session
musicians he could find and formed a group. The Atlanta Rhythm
Section was born.
A switch to Columbia Records in 1981 gave the group
another chart album, "Quinella,"
and a US Top 30 single, "Alien."
On June 17, 2000 Atlanta Rhythm Section
performed for 150,000 enthusiastic fans at the Riverbend Festival in
The group always puts on a hit-filled show with equal
intensity in every performance. Each show consists of a mix of hits from
their past plus newly recorded songs.
The original ARS members were --
- Ronnie Hammond (Lead Vocals)
- Dean Daughtry (Keyboards)
- J.R. Cobb (Rhythm Guitar)
- Barry Bailey (Lead Guitar)
- Robert Nix (Drums)
- Paul Goddard (Bass Guitar)
Today, J.R. Cobb and Ronnie Hammond are co-writers with Buddy Buie on
the new ARS songs. Paul Goddard and Robert Nix have left ARS.
Hit songs include --
- Imaginary Lover
- So Into You
- I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
- Do It Or Die
- Neon Nites
- Champagne Jam
- Dog Days
- Georgia Rhythm
- Silver Eagle
- Angel (What In The World's Come Over Us)
- Free Spirit
The Atlanta Rhythm Section may be available for your next special event!
Genre: Rock 1
.Classic Rock. / ClassicRock
.Southern Rock. / SouthernRock
.Pop/Rock. / PopRock
.Album Rock. / AlbumRock
Formed: ..in Georgia / formed nGeorgia
Formed: ..in Doraville / formed DoravilleGA
Formed: in 1970
Based: ..in US
Based: ..in Georgia / based nGeorgia
Based: ..in Atlanta /