We featured the Classics IV last week, and mentioned that members of that original band left and eventually formed the Atlanta Rhythm Section, so that’s who we’ll feature today.
In 1970, members of the Classics IV and the Candymen formed as the unofficial house band for Studio One in Doraville, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). They decided to become an official band, with Rodney Justo on vocals, Barry Bailey on guitar, Paul Goddard on bass, Dean Daughtry on keyboards, and Robert Nix on drums. J. R. Cobb joined the group on guitar in 1972; Justo left after the first album and was replaced by Ronnie Hammond. They recorded sixteen albums from 1972 through 2000. Justo, Daughtry, and Goodard continue to tour wth the band, which plays mostly at nostalgia shows. Their website can be found here.
Our two songs today are from 1978’s Champagne Jam. The first is the title track; the video I chose features a number of pictures of Atlanta landmarks and other popular places from the 1970’s. It reached #43 on the Hot 100.
The second tune is “Imaginary Lover,” which tied with “So Into You” as the band’s most popular tune, charting at #7 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the Adult Contemporary chart, despite the somewhat creepy subject matter.
The Atlanta Rhythm Section, your Two for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.