ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
One of the top acts in Southern rock arrives with all their greatest hits: “So into You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “Doraville,” “Do It or Die,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” and more! ARS embodies the definition of “classic rock.”
Formed from the best of Atlanta’s studio musicians, the Atlanta Rhythm Section (actually hailing from nearby Doraville, Georgia) came together in 1970 after working on a Roy Orbison recording session. Keyboardist Dean Daughtry and drummer Robert Nix had been members of Orbison’s backing group, the Candymen, and Daughtry and guitarist J.R. Cobb had been members of the Top 40 hitmakers Classics IV (“Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces”). Rounding out the original ARS lineup were vocalist Rodney Justo (replaced after the first album by Ronnie Hammond), guitarist Barry Bailey, and bassist Paul Goddard.
“So into You” became the band’s breakthrough single in 1977, reaching the U.S. Top 10, and the album from which it came, A Rock and Roll Alternative, went gold. Their platinum follow-up album, Champagne Jam, broke into the Top 10 in 1978, together with the blockbuster single “Imaginary Lover.” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” was another major hit from the same album.