The guitarist for the Southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, Barry Bailey, passed away yesterday at the age of 73. According to Atlanta television station WXIA-TV, Bailey passed away peacefully on March 12 after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. The following message was posted on the official Facebook page of the Atlanta Rhythm Section in tribute to the deceased artist.
“Unsung. When people discussed Barry Bailey’s guitar playing, it was frequently mentioned. Consequently, not enough people knew about his work.”
The message continued by stating:
“Barry, you may have been overlooked… Nevertheless, you made others sing. Speaking on behalf of all founding, former, and present ARS members… Thank you for setting such a high bar.”
Barry Bailey and the Atlanta Rhythm Section in Detail
Barry was the founding guitarist of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and he appeared on every record until his retirement in 2006. The 1978 release of Champagne Jam was one of their most popular albums.
Additionally, the band has shared stages with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Foreigner, Heart, Cheap Trick, and Aerosmith, among others. Its origins can be traced to 1970.
At the time, a recording studio called Facility One opened in the area, and the surviving members of the two bands became the studio’s house band.
The manager of the studio, Buddy Buie, assembled a session band consisting of Rodney Justo, Barry Bailey, Paul Goddard, Dean Daughtry, and Robert Nix.
After the band’s first four albums failed to chart, Justo was eventually replaced by newcomer Ronnie Hammond. In addition, they swiftly published the breakthrough single So Into You from their debut gold-certified album A Rock and Roll Alternative.
In 1978, they released Champagne Jam, their all-time highest-charting album, which produced two hit singles, I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight and Imaginary Lover. Eventually, they were one of the toughest traveling Southern rock bands.
The band went on to release other successful albums, including Underdog, Are You Ready, and Quinella, among others. Although they eventually disbanded, they continued to reunite for performances and released Eufaula in 1999, ten years after their last studio album.
Users of Twitter pay their respects
As the guitarist for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Barry Bailey established a significant fan base. Upon hearing the news of his passing, many people flocked to Twitter to express their sadness.
There are no known surviving members of Bailey’s family, and any details regarding his personal life have not been divulged.