Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1978 Atlanta Rhythm Section – I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight

1978 Atlanta Rhythm Section – I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight

Buddy Buie was one of the partners who formed Studio One in Doraville Georgia in 1970. A studio band was formed that included:

  • two musicians who had backed up Dennis Yost in the Classics IV, Dean Daughtry and James B. Cobb, Jr., and
  • two former members of the Candymen, Rodney Justo and Robert Nix.

The musicians played multiple sessions for other musicians. In 1971, Buddy formed and began managing a band that included Rodney, Dean, Robert, and James. They were joined by Barry Bailey and Paul Goddard, two other musicians who had played in the Candymen and backed up Roy Orbison. Buddy and his partners came up with the name for the band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

The band recorded an album that Decca Records released in January 1982. Rodney quit the group due to the poor sales of the album and Rodney Hammond took his place in the group. The group’s second album sold so poorly that Decca dropped the band.

The band signed with Polydor Records, which released their third album in 1974. The album included their first charting singleDoraville. The single reached the Hot 100 but peaked at only #35. Their next two albums had singles that performed even more poorly.

The band began touring more extensively in 1975 and opened for The Who and The Rolling Stones at concerts in Florida. Perhaps their concert performances finally allowed music fans to finally hear their music, and their sixth album finally began to sell well. The album was certified gold and contained the top ten singleSo Into You.

The group’s 1978 album, Champagne Jam, sold over a million copies. The second single from the album, I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, reached #14 on the Hot 100 in 1978. They followed that with another top ten single, Imaginary Lover.

James and Buddy had worked on the Classics IV version of Spooky. The highest-charting single for The Atlanta Rhythm Section after 1978 came when they covered Spooky in 1979 and reached #17 on the HOt 100. The band’s singles after that mostly bubbled under the Hot 100, although they did have one more single (Alien) reach #29 in 1981. After that, the band struggled through a large number of lineup changes.

Dean is the only musician who has been with the group continuously, and he and Rodney still lead a touring group with other support musicians. The group maintains a home page on the web at http://atlantarhythmsection.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Rhythm_Section
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Rhythm_Section_discography
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Atlanta_Rhythm_Section_members

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