The increased exposure paid off as the group's next album, A Rock and Roll Alternative (December 1976),[2] rose to #13 on the Billboard chart and was certified gold in the spring of 1977. But on November 13, 1999, tragedy struck. From left to right: J.R. Cobb, Ronnie Hammond, Barry Bailey, Paul Goddard, Robert Nix, Dean Daughtry. 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. Bassist Stribling went on to leave in February 1986, turning it over to Steve Stone. Steve Stone then returned, as guitarist this time. Barry Bailey. Hailing from the small town of Doraville, Georgia, the beginning of the Atlanta Rhythm Section can be traced back to 1970. 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. But results were slow to come and, dissatisfied with this direction, bassist Paul Goddard and drummer Biget left to work with British producer Eddy Offord in another band with former Dixie Dregs keyboardist T Lavitz and guitarist Pat Buchanan, called Interpol, that was in a more progressive rock direction; unfortunately, Interpol never got off the ground. The eighth Atlanta Rhythm Section album, Underdog, was released in June 1979 and produced Top 20 hits "Do It or Die" (#19) and "Spooky" (#17), a remake of Cobb's and Buie's 1968 Classics IV hit. Rock Vocalist. Greenville, South Carolina native Andy Anderson, who'd been playing with Billy Joe Royal, was recommended by his friend Hamrick in 1984 as the new front man and sang on the unreleased Moman project after Justo was let go. @ The Dothan Downtown MusicFest at the Dothan Civic Center on Saturday night, August 20, 2011. Before completion, CBS wanted the band to drop some of the tracks and record more. On August 11, 1979, Atlanta Rhythm Section hit the US chart with 'Spooky,' first cut by the group containing future ARS members, Classics IV. Atlanta Rhythm Section. The Boys from Doraville (August 1980) showed a steep falling off in sales for the group as radio programmers began turning their attention away from Southern rock to other rock genres, such as new wave. ARS then recorded Partly Plugged, which was released in January 1997 on the independent Southern Tracks label. Atlanta Rhythm Section-Justin Senker (bass), Barry Bailey (guitar), R.J. Vealy (drums), Ronnie Hammond (lead vocals), Dean Daughtry (keyboard) and Steve Stone (guitar) Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. With Hammond on board, the band's second release, Back Up Against the Wall (February 1973), also failed to sell and Decca dumped ARS from their roster. Signed by Decca Records, the band released their first album, Atlanta Rhythm Section, in January 1972. This new collection was recorded in North Carolina and the resulting live-in-studio sound of Atlanta Rhythm Section '96 (released on CMC International in April 1996) presented a different, less polished take on some of their classic tunes and captured the sound of their live performances from that period. After the band had finished an afternoon set at a concert festival in Orlando, Florida, 37-year-old drummer R. J. Vealey complained of indigestion and then collapsed and died of a heart attack. Three weeks later, they appeared on the White House lawn at President Jimmy Carter's invitation for his son Chip's 28th birthday party. Garnett, James B. Cobb Jr., Jeff Logan, Jim Keeling, Justin Senker, Paul Goddard, R.J. Vealey, Robert Nix, Rodger Stephan, Rodney Justo, Ronnie Hammond, Roy Yeager, Sean Burke, Shaun Williamson, Steve Stone. During 1983–1984, the group went to Nashville and tried working with Buddy Buie's former associate Chips Moman, a more country-oriented producer, on a proposed new record label called Triad, in conjunction with producer Buddy Killen and former Capricorn Records head Phil Walden. 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. ARS, as they were known to their fans, consisted of guitarist J. R. Cobb, guitarist Barry Bailey, bassist Paul Goddard, keyboardist Dean Daughtry, and drummer Robert Nix. Member Ronnie Hammond died of heart failure on March 14, 2011, at age 60. After Paul's death, ARS continued to play shows with a lineup of Rodney Justo, Dean Daughtry, Steve Stone, Dave Anderson, Justin Senker and Jim Keeling. Atlanta Rhythm Section, sometimes abbreviated ARS, is an American rock band from the South The band unofficially formed in 1970 as former members of the Candymen and the … The band's next two releases, Dog Days (August 1975) and Red Tape (April 1976), sold in even lesser quantities,[2] but ARS toured extensively in 1975–1976, with numerous shows in the South, Northeast and Midwest. • R.J. Vealey died on November 13, 1999, of a heart attack at 37. It was also around this time that ARS was elected to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Released in October 1989 on the CBS/Epic subsidiary label Imagine, Truth in a Structured Form, ARS's first album in eight years, featured a heavy drum sound that propelled almost every track and a sharper, more synthesized gloss over the songs, with all, except one, being written by Buddy Buie and Ronnie Hammond, another departure from their previous approach. Paul's second tenure with the band was short-lived as he died of cancer on April 29, 2014. Atlanta Rhythm Section (or ARS) is an American Southern rock band, formed in 1971 by Rodney Justo (singer), Barry Bailey (guitar), Paul Goddard (bass), Dean Daughtry (keyboards), Robert Nix (drums) and James B. Cobb, Jr. The return of Paul Goddard and Rodney Justo, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Atlanta Rhythm Section – Artist Biography", Jenkins House At Stones River Destroyed For Development, "Heart failure claims life of Ronnie Hammond, former ARS lead singer", "Ronnie Hammond (1950 - 2011) - Find A Grave Memorial", "Obituary For: Robert L. Nix | Wells Funeral Home & Cremation Services / Forrest Memorial Park", Atlanta Rhythm Section Bassist Paul Goddard Dies at 68, Paul Goddard, Bass Player With Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dies at 68, "Buddy Buie, Producer and Hit-Making Songwriter, Dies at 74", "Atlanta Rhythm Section founding member J.R. Cobb dies", Live at The Savoy, New York October 27, 1981, 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Atlanta Rhythm Section, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Atlanta_Rhythm_Section&oldid=995920698, Rock music groups from Georgia (U.S. state), Articles needing additional references from August 2019, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. So Into You. The Chips Moman Nashville project, which was given the tentative name Hardball, was completed but the album, like their previous effort for CBS, has never been released. In April and May, original singer Rodney Justo returned, joined by ARS's 1987–88 singer Shaun Williamson, until Andy was healthy enough to return in May. All through the years, original keyboardist Dean Daughtry has remained with the Atlanta Rhythm Section, even as members have come and gone, for more than 45 years. Atlanta Rhythm section started by members of the Candymen. Mills also later worked as the band's road manager and sound man and Buie, also the band's manager and producer as well as co-owner of Studio One, is listed first on almost all of their songwriting credits. Andy's friend Steve Croson (who'd played alongside him for years in Billy Joe Royal's band) lived in Vegas and was able to step in on short notice. Membership does not include anyone in the Classics IV or Roy Orbison's Candymen. This is an original press photo. Champagne Jam. In 1988 Hammond, Bailey and Daughtry returned to the studio with Sean Burke and two new players, Brendan O'Brien (guitar) and J. E. Garnett (bass), to produce a new album with Buddy Buie and Rodney Mills that had more of an "'80s rock sound". In early 2006, Barry Bailey, suffering from multiple sclerosis, retired from the group to take care of his wife, who was sick with cancer (which took her life on July 6, 2006). 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. They were joined by Steve Stone on guitar, Justin Senker on bass and Sean Burke … Buddy Buie, the band's manager and producer who received songwriting credits on all their albums, died at age 74 on July 18, 2015. Atlanta Rhythm Section, Brother Cane. Read Full Biography. Another reason for the drop-off in sales may have been the departure of their advocate, Arnie Geller, from Polydor in 1977 to form the Buie/Gellar Organization and BGO Records with Buddy Buie. Atlanta Rhythm Section was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and still performs several dozen shows a year. [2] Bailey and Goddard had played together in several groups and, like the Candymen, had also backed up Roy Orbison. In the spring of 1970, three former members of the Candymen (Rodney Justo, Dean Daughtry and Robert Nix) and the Classics IV (Daughtry and James B. Cobb, Jr.) became the session band for the newly opened Studio One recording studio in Doraville, Georgia, near Atlanta.[3]. Their most recent album of new recordings, With All Due Respect (May 2011), was largely covers of other artists' songs (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, etc.) On July 18, 1975, the band appeared with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during an outdoor show in Atlanta in Chastain Park. Atlanta Rhythm Section’s background is a history lesson of the music scene in the South during the 60’s. On August 26, 1978, it was Canada Jam at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, before their largest audience yet (over 110,000) with the Doobie Brothers and the Commodores, among others. From The Vaults (May 2012), released on the Fuel label, was a double CD collection of unreleased tracks both studio and live and even featured some pre-ARS Candymen performances.[4]. 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). 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 name was thought up by Studio One's owner Buddy Buie and his two partners in the venture, Cobb and Bill Lowery. It featured some new songs and more remakes of some classics. Imaginary Lover. But Logan's higher voice didn't fit with the band's musical style and Anderson soon returned as lead vocalist. Variations: Viewing All | Atlanta Rhythm Section. Two new members, Tommy Stribling (bass) and Keith Hamrick (drums), joined in late 1983 and ARS, now without a recording contract, continued to play shows, mostly in the South. He then left the music industry for a number of years and eventually took up a sales position with a wine company. Another new lead singer, Shaun Williamson, was rolled in in 1987. In May 2011 Rodney Justo and original bassist Paul Goddard returned after a 28-year absence. Guitarist Barry Bailey, keyboardist Dean Daughtry and drummer Robert Nix were the other original members of ARS, which came out of the small town of Doraville, Ga. Alan Accardi, Andy Anderson (21), Barry Bailey (3), David Anderson (7), Dean Daughtry, J.E. 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. For more than 30 years, members of The Atlanta Rhythm Section have entertained audiences all over the world with their hits. 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. Besides the group's hits and popular tracks up to that time, the album also contained the fan favorite "Another Man's Woman". The album also featured guest performances by Rodney Justo and Paul Goddard, just before they rejoined the group, and Ronnie Hammond, in his final recorded appearance. According to the band's Web site, ARS's next scheduled appearance was to be a New Year's Eve show in Alexandria, Va. Staff writer Jim Murphy contributed to this report. He was replaced by Ronnie Hammond,[2] assistant to Studio One's engineer, Rodney Mills. Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1977. Drummer Roy Yeager tripped over a fallen tree while the band was on tour in Daytona Beach in 1982 and suffered a severe broken leg. The personnel shuffles continued as Hamrick also departed in late 1986 and was replaced by Sean Burke (who joined in early 1987). Ronnie left touring altogether soon afterward to focus on family and songwriting. After playing on other artists' recordings, the Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed in 1971, with Justo (singer), Barry Bailey (guitar), Paul Goddard (bass), Daughtry (keyboards), Nix (drums) and Cobb (guitar). Steve Stone played most of the lead from this point on and Andy Anderson's long-time Billy Joe Royal bandmate and golf buddy, Alan Accardi, was brought in as second guitarist. The rest of the band's dissatisfaction with Nix's excessive "lifestyle choices" sealed his fate and he was replaced by Roy Yeager, who had previously played for Lobo.[2]. 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." But album sales for Truth lagged and there was another hiatus in their recorded work as the band continued to tour, with Burke's friend Justin Senker replacing Garnett on bass in May 1992 (after subbing a show for him late the previous year in Louisville, Kentucky) and R.J. Vealey taking over the drum chair from Burke in 1995 after the latter suffered a leg injury. Heart and Foreigner were the opening acts and Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band co-headlined with ARS. On March 26, 2008 singer Andy Anderson suffered a heart attack just before he was to catch a plane to Las Vegas to join the band for a two-night stand at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. Three original band members returned-singer Ronnie Hammond, guitarist Barry Bailey and keyboard player Dean Daughtry. One of the band's road crew, Danny Biget, took over on drums, and ARS persuaded Rodney Justo to return to do some shows in early 1983. The album provided no hit singles and was their last for Polydor. Pipe Dream yielded the band's first hit single, "Doraville", which peaked at #35 and pulled the album up to #74 on Billboard's Top 200 by November 1974.[2]. On December 28, 1998 singer Ronnie Hammond, who had battled alcoholism and depression off and on over the years, got into a confrontation with police in Macon, Georgia and forced an officer to shoot him. In 1985 the group tried a new singer, Jeff Logan, who had previously appeared with a band called High Cotton. On September 3, 1977, ARS played their biggest show yet, the Dog Day Rockfest at Atlanta's Grant Field on the campus of Georgia Tech. Atlanta Rhythm Section, sometimes abbreviated ARS, is an American rock band from the South The band unofficially formed in 1970 as former members of the Candymen and the Classics IV became the session band for the newly opened Studio One in Doraville, … 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. Photo is dated --none. 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. In October, an ARS live performance from Studio One was released as the double live set Are You Ready. J. R. Cobb died of a heart attack on May 4, 2019. Early in 1979, drummer Robert Nix, the group's primary lyricist, had a falling out with manager/producer Buie over the group's musical direction. 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. 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. Homesick. Ronnie Hammond, the former lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died Monday in Forsyth. Candymen in 1966 were Dean Daughtry-keyboards, Rodney Justo-vocals, Robert Nix-drums, … After buying out his partners, Buie continued to run Studio One until 1986 when he sold it to Georgia State University. Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight. Part Number: lrx58215. The band still tours, playing mostly festivals and nostalgia-themed concerts. Digital Music Customers Also Bought Items By .38 Special Little River Band Supertramp Firefall Outlaws The Doobie Brothers Allman Brothers Band Bob Seger Albums 1-19 of 19 View: Sort: Are You Ready! Mr. Moseley details how Buddy Buie assembled a core group of incredibly talented southern musicians and developed the creative environment that enabled the … In August 1980 ARS performed three concerts in Japan alongside Cheap Trick and other acts as a part of Japan Jam 2.[4]. J. R. Cobb (1970 – 1986) Paul Goddard. Paul Goddard died from cancer on April 29, 2014 at age 68. And from August to October of that same year, singer Andy Anderson returned to the band yet again to stand in for Justo, who was recovering from back surgery.[4]. As a result, the group departed Polydor, which led to a breach of contract lawsuit from the company that was later settled in the band's favor. 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