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"Do It or Die"

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"Imaginary Lover"

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"Spooky"

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Biography


The story of the Atlanta Rhythm Section began in Doraville, GA, a small town northeast of Atlanta, in 1970. Local Atlanta engineer Rodney Mills built a new studio in Doraville with the support of music publisher Bill Lowery, producer/songwriter/manager Buddy Buie, and songwriter/guitarist J.R. Cobb. The studio was dubbed Studio One and would become one of the preeminent studios in the Atlanta area. Over the years, artists who recorded there included Al Kooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe South, Bonnie Bramlett, Dickey Betts, B.J. Thomas and Billy Joe Royal.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section originally came together as the house band at Studio One. Buie and Cobb had been part of the group the Classics IV - remembered for hits including "Spooky," "Stormy" and "Traces." Buie recruited three musicians he had worked with previously in the Candymen, a group that backed Roy Orbison-singer Rodney Justo, keyboardist Dean Daughtry and drummer Robert Nix. Two talented local session players also joined in-guitarist Barry Bailey and bassist Paul Goddard. These musicians played on a number of other artist's records and the decision was made to make an album on their own.

Buie wanted the best players doing his songs as a guitar based band, and he wrote, produced and managed ARS from the start. Buie, Daughtry and Nix did a lot of the songwriting together. The Rhythm Section would play on other's albums 3-4 days a week and then work on their own material. They recorded a demo featuring instrumentals and over a couple of years pulled together material for an album. The demo got them a two record deal with MCA/Decca, and so ARS officially began.




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RONNIE HAMMOND

It was during the recording of the first album that Ronnie Hammond came to Studio One as an assistant engineer for Mills. He was skilled on multiple instruments and most importantly had a great singing voice. When singer Justo decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career, Hammond became the new lead singer. This group of musicians would go on to make the next six ARS albums together.


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The original Atlanta Rhythm Section members were (clockwise from top left):

Ronnie Hammond - Lead Vocals   (Born 1950 - Macon, Georgia)
Dean Daughtry - Keyboards   (Born 1946 - Kinston, Alabama)
Barry Bailey - Lead Guitar   (Born 1948 - Decatur, Georgia)
Robert Nix (Drums)
Paul Goddard - Bass Guitar   (Born 1945 - Rome, Georgia)
J.R. Cobb - Rhythm Guitar   (Born 1944 - Birmingham, Alabama)




The band produced three albums between 1972 and 1977 including Back Up Against the Wall and Third Annual Pipe Dream (which reached #74 in the USA), and Dog Days. Then, early in 1977, the single "So Into You" became the band's breakthrough, reaching the US Top 10, (#7 pop, #11 easy listening), so that the album from which it came, A Rock And Roll Alternative soared to #11 and went Platinum.

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This was just the beginning . . . in the late 70's and early 80's the band recorded a string of great hits and incredible albums such as "Imaginary Lover," "Champagne Jam" and "Large Time" from from Champagne Jam (Platinum Album), "Doraville," and "Georgia Rhythm" from Are You Ready (Gold Album), "Do it Or Die" from Underdog (Gold Album), and many others.

By this time virtually every major record label had a southern rock band in their stable. Polydor had the Atlanta Rhythm Section, MCA had Lynyrd Skynyrd, Epic signed the Charlie Daniels Band, and the first company to promote southern rock, Capricorn, was still enjoying the success of the Allman Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker Band. ARS was cast into this category, but their style was not of the same mold.

Other southern rock bands, like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, centered on a driving, blues-based guitar sound, but ARS smoothed the edges of southern rock to offer subtler, pop-oriented tunes. The long-haired musicians portrayed themselves as "good ole boys," and their songs were lyrically similar to those of other southern rock acts. ARS, too, sang of the travails of "living out of a suitcase" ("Georgia Rhythm") and unattainable love ("So into You"), but musically they had a sophistication that many others lacked. The band provided a different twist to the growing phenomenon of southern rock. In live shows they turned up the guitars, but in the studio they dismissed long improvisational guitar solos for cleverly crafted songs.

Though Buie was largely responsible for this sound, the other band members were seasoned session players with a feel for song craft. Daughtry, Nix, and Cobb had spent time with Buie in the Candymen and Classics IV, so their previous experience involved more than weekend jams in the garage. The band was a collaborative effort: although Buie was the lead songwriter, every member contributed several numbers.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section toured all over the country, and also toured Japan, Belgium, England, and was invited to the White House (by then President and Georgia native, Jimmy Carter).

The band's last hit on Polydor was a 1979 remake of "Spooky" (from the album Underdog), a song with which Cobb and Daughtry had been involved when they were with Classics IV. A switch to Columbia Records in 1981 gave the band one last chart album, Quinella, and a US Top 30 single, "Alien."

The band continued to perform to a loyal audience, although they have only recorded sporadically in the subsequent decades. In the mid-90's ARS got back together and re-recorded some of their best and best known songs. The live-in-studio sound of Atlanta Rhythem Section '96 presents a different, less polished take on some classic tunes and captures the sound of their live performances from that period.

Ronnie Hammond (Lead Vocals)
Barry Bailey (Lead Guitar)
Dean Daughtry (Keyboards)
Jim Keeling (Drums)
Justin Senker (Bass Guitar)
Steve Stone (Rhythm Guitar)


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The Atlanta Rhythm Section went through several band members over the years. This 1997 incarnation consisted of bassist Justin Senker, guitarist Barry Bailey, percussionist R. J. Vealey, vocalist Ronnie Hammond, keyboardist Dean Daughtry, and guitarist Steve Stone.

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In 1999, the group recorded their latest studio recording, Eufaula, which showcases their talent and serves as proof that ARS still has what it takes to produce quality original material. In 2000, Polydor released a complete collection of hits in their Millennium Collection series.

Original Members Daughtry, Bailey, and Hammond provided a solid base for the Atlanta Rhythm Section into the year 2000. On June 17, 2000, ARS performed for 150,000 enthusiastic fans at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN.

In the first part of 2001, lead singer, Hammond, made a commitment to perform with the ensemble touring group Voices of Classic Rock and this led to a parting of ways with ARS. Andy Anderson was brought in to replace him. Whether the venue is large or small, ARS always puts on a hit filled show with equal intensity in every performance. With a catalog of it?s hits that stretch over 30 year period the band has the luxurious difficulty of not being able to perform all of their hits in one set.

The group continues to make concert appearances showcasing their hit songs and their still outstanding musical abilities. A few years ago, Hammond expressed an idea that is a good place to end this for now - that history hadn't really judged ARS yet. But when those songs are heard, and those talents are appreciated...




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Atlanta Rhythm Section Tour Dates


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"Atlanta Rhythm Section"
(1972-Decca)

1. Love Me Just A Little (Sometime) (Nix/Daughtry/Buie)-6:05
2. Baby No Lie (Nix/Daughtry/Buie/Bailey)-3:51
3. All In Your Mind (Buie/Cobb)-3:16
4. Earnestine (Nix/Daughtry/Bailey/Goddard)-2:33
5. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Bramblett/Causey/Jones)-4:21
6. Another Man's Woman (It's So Hard) (Nix/Daughtry/Buie)-4:46
7. Days Of Our Lives (Buie/Bailey/Cobb)-3:12
8. Yours And Mine (Nix/Buie)-2:39
9. Can't Stand It No More (Buie/Cobb/Justo)-4:02
10. One More Problem (Nix/Daughtry/Buie/Bailey)-3:08


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"Back Up Against The Wall"
(1973-Decca)

1. Wrong (Buie/Cobb)-2:39
2. Cold Turkey Tenn. (Nix)-3:12
3. Will I Live On? (Nix/Daughtry)-2:46
4. A Livin Lovin Wreck (Blackwell)-3:08
5. Superman (Bramblett)-3:20
6. What You Gonna Do About It? (Buie/Hammond)-2:54
7. Conversation (Buie/Cobb)-3:23
8. Redneck (South)-3:43
9. Make Me Believe It (Buie/Hammond/Nix)-3:12
10. Back Up Against The Wall (Buie/Cobb)-3:17
11. It Must Be Love (Nix/Cobb/Daughtry)-4:00


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"Third Annual Pipe Dream"
(1974-Polydor)

1. Doraville (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-3:28
2. Jesus Hearted People (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-3:48
3. Close the Door (Hammond/Goddard)-3:22
4. Blues in Maude's Flat (Green)-3:47
5. Join the Race (Fristo)-3:57
6. Angel (What in the World's Come Over Us) (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-5:10
7. Get Your Head out of Your Heart (Nix/Hammond)-2:28
8. The War Is Over (Cobb/Bailey)-2:00
9. Help Yourself (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-2:54
10. Who You Gonna Run To (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-3:18


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"Dog Days"
(1975-Polydor)

1. Crazy (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-3:07
2. Boogie Smoogie (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-7:57
3. Cuban Crisis (Buie/Nix/Cobb)-3:50
4. It Just Ain't Your Moon (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-4:50
5. Dog Days (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-3:35
6. Bless My Soul (Cobb)-4:00
7. Silent Treatment (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-6:15
8. All Night Rain (Buie/Nix/Daughtry/McRee)-3:10


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"Red Tape"
(1976-Polydor)

1. Jukin (also includes San Antonio Rose) (Buie/Nix) (Bob Wills)-3:43
2. Mixed Emotions (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-3:20
3. Shanghied (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-2:14
4. Police! Police! (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-3:11
5. Beautiful Dreamers (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-3:26
6. Oh What A Feeling (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-2:39
7. Free Spirit (Buie/Nix/Hammond)-3:35
8. Another Man's Woman (Buie/Nix/Daughtry/Bailey)-9:47


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"A Rock and Roll Alternative"
(1976-Polydor)

1. Sky High (Buie/Nix/Daughtry/Hammond)-5:17
2. Hitchhiker's Hero (Buie/Nix)-3:38
3. Don't Miss The Message (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-3:27
4. Georgia Rhythm (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-4:52
5. So Into You (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-4:20
6. Outside Woman Blues (Reynolds)-4:53
7. Everybody Gotta Go (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-4:10
8. Neon Nites (Buie/Nix)-3:57


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"Champagne Jam"
(1978-Polydor)

1. Large Time (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-2:55
2. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-4:06
3. Normal Love (Buie/Nix/Cobb/Daughtry)-3:22
4. Champagne Jam (Buie/Nix/Cobb)-4:31
5. Imaginary Lover (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-5:05
6. The Ballad Of Lois Malone (Buie/Nix/Daughtry/Bailey)-4:30
7. The Great Escape (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-4:47
8. Evileen (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-3:32


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"Underdog"
(1979-Polydor)

1. Do It Or Die (Buie/Cobb/Hammond)-3:27
2. Born Ready (Buie/Daughtry/Nix)-3:54
3. I Hate The Blues (Buie/Daughtry/Nix) / Let's Go Get Stoned (Ashford/Simpson)-7:12
4. Indigo Passion (Buie/Cobb)-3:56
5. While Time Is Left (Buie/Daughtry/Bailey/Nix)-5:20
6. It's Only Music (Buie/Cobb)-5:33
7. Spooky (Buie/Cobb/Shapiro/Middlebrooks)-4:57
8. My Song (Buie/Hammond)-3:15


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"Are You Ready!"
(1979-Polydor)

Prelude-Tara's Theme (Steiner)
1. Sky High (Buie/Nix/Hammond/Daughtry)-6:05
2. Champagne Jam (Buie/Nix/Cobb)-5:14
3. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-5:03
4. Large Time (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-3:28
5. Back up Against the Wall (Buie/Cobb)-4:06
6. Angel (What in the World's Come over Us) (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-7:17
7. Conversation (Buie/Cobb)-3:57
8. Imaginary Lover (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-5:38
9. Doraville (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-4:09
10. Another Man's Woman (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-14:33
11. Georgia Rhythm (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-5:40
12. So Into You (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-7:47
13. Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell)-3:41


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"The Boys From Doraville"
(1980-Polydor)

1. Cocaine Charlie (Buie/Hammond)-4:53
2. Next Year's Rock and Roll (Buie/Daughtry-5:20
3. I Ain't Much (Buie/Cobb)-4:23
4. Putting My Faith in Love (Buie/Daughtry/Cobb)-5:10
5. Rough at the Edges (Buie/Daughtry)-3:16
6. Silver Eagle (Buie/Cobb)-3:51
7. Pedestal (Buie/Hammond)-2:49
8. Try My Love (Buie/Hammond)-4:04
9. Strictly R&R (Buie/Nix/Daughtry/Walker)-4:41


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"Quinella"
(1981-Columbia)

1. Homesick (Buie/Cobb)-4:12
2. Quinella (Buie/Cobb)-5:26
3. Alien (Buie/McRay/Lewis)-4:51
4. Higher (Buie/Hammond)-4:09
5. You're So Strong (Buie/Daughtry)-5:01
6. Outlaw Music (Buie/Cobb)-5:01
7. Pretty Girl (Buie/Hammond)-3:29
8. Southern Exposure (Buie/Cobb)-2:51
9. Going To Shangri-La (Buie/Daughtry)-3:44


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"Truth In A Structured Form"
(1989-Imagine Records)

1. Awesome Love (Buie/Hammond/Fristoe)-3:59
2. Listen To The Wind (Buie/Hammond)-3:48
3. I Want You Here With Me (Buie/Hammond)-5:17
4. Every Little Bit Hurts (Buie/Hammond)-3:56
5. What Happened To Us (Buie/Hammond)-4:30
6. Neon Street (Buie/Hammond)-4:35
7. One Way Town (O'Brien/Edmonds)-4:32
8. I'm Not The Only One (Buie/Hammond)-4:53
9. I'm Going Back (Buie/Hammond)-3:53
10. How Much Love Is Enough (Buie/Hammond)-3:44
11. Don't Get Me Started (Buie/Hammond)-4:47


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"Atlanta Rhythm Section '96"
(1996-CMC International)

1. So Into You (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-6:42
2. Champagne Jam (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-4:43
3. Jukin (Buie/Nix)-3:32
4. Imaginary Lover (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-5:05
5. Spooky (Buie/Cobb/Shapiro/Middlebrooks)-4:55
6. Doraville (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-3:35
7. Georgia Rhythm (Buie/Nix/Cobb)-5:19
8. Free Spirit (Buie/Nix/Hammond)-3:58
9. I'm Not Gonna' Let It Bother Me Tonight (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-4:31
10. Do It Or Die (Buie/Cobb/Hammond)-3:18
11. Dog Days (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-3:35
12. Homesick (Buie/Cobb)-5:00


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"Partly Plugged"
(1997-River North)

1. Voodoo (Buie/Hammond)-3:57
2. She Knows All My Tricks (Buie/Hammond/Cobb)-4:03
3. I Don't Want to Grow Old Alone (Buie/Hammond)-2:52
4. Child of the Video Age (Buie/Hammond)-3:40
5. Alien (Buie/McRay/Lewis)-5:16
6. So Into You (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-6:10
7. Imaginary Lover (Buie/Nix/Daughtry)-5:34
8. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight (Buie/Daughtry/Nix)-4:25
9. Angel (Buie/Nix/Bailey)-5:41
10. Do It or Die (Buie/Hammond/Cobb)-3:40


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"Eufaula"
(1999-Platinum Entertainment)

1. I'm Not The Only One (Buie/Hammond)-5:13
2. Who You Gonna Run To (Buie/Cobb/Nix)-3:26
3. Dreamy Alabama (Buie/Cobb/Hammond)-4:35
4. Nothing's As Bad As It Seems (Buie/Hammond/Cobb)-3:22
5. When (Buie/Daughtry)-4:39
6. You Aint Seen Nothing Yet (Buie/Cobb/McKibben)-4:21
7. Fine Day (The Day You Came Back To Me) (Buie/Cobb/Hammond)-4:46
8. What Happened To Us (Buie/Hammond)-3:49
9. Unique (Buie/Hammond/Cobb)-3:29
10. How Can You Do This? (Buie/Cobb/Hammond)-4:11
11. What's Up Wid Dat? (Stone/Hammond/Buie/Daughtry)-3:07


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"Live at The Savoy, New York: October 27, 1981"
(2000-Phoenix Gems)

1. Champagne Jam (Buie/Nix/Cobb)-5:17
2. I'm Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight (Buie/Daughtry/Nix)-5:55
3. Homesick (Buie/Cobb)-4:54
4. Alien (Buie/Lewis/McRay)-5:51
5. Large Time (Buie/Bailey/Nix)-3:06
6. Spooky (Shapiro/Middlebrooks/Buie/Cobb)-5:13
7. Higher (Buie/Hammond)-5:09
8. Imaginary Lover (Buie/Daughtry/Nix)-3:39
9. So Into You (Buie/Daughtry/Nix)-6:03
10. Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell)-3:08





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