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Died On This Date (May 20, 2012) Robert Nix / Drummer For Atlanta Rhythm Section

Posted by themusicsover on May 20, 2012

Robert Nix
November 8, 1944 – May 20, 2012

Robert Nix was the original drummer for popular American Southern Rock band, Atlanta Rhythm Section.  Formed in 1971, the band went on to release several best-selling albums that helped define American rock music of the ’70s.  Their biggest success came with 1978’s Champagne Jam, which included the popular single of the same name, sold over 1 million copies and reached #7 on the charts.  Nix had a hand in writing “Champagne Jam” along with several of the band’s other records.  Nix left the group in 1979, but continued to make music.  Prior to his run in ARS, Nix played in Roy Orbison’s band, the Candyman, for the better part of five years during the ’60s.  Nix can also be heard on the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, “Tuesday’s Gone.”  Robert Nix was 67 when he passed away on May 20, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (March 14, 2011) Ronnie Hammond / Atlanta Rhythm Section

Posted by themusicsover on March 14, 2011

Ronnie Hammond
DOB Unknown – March 14, 2011

Ronnie Hammond was the lead singer for successful southern rock band, the Atlanta Rhythm Section.  The group itself was born out of a group of in-demand studio musicians from the Atlanta, Georgia area.  When the band was recording their first album in 1972, Hammond happened to show up at the studio as an assistant  engineer, and once the guys heard him sing, they asked him to join the band.  Hammond sang for ARS on their first six albums, during their peak years.  In 1978, they released Champagne Jam which included the popular single of the same name.   It would become their biggest hit and take them from playing clubs and into arenas and stadiums.  In August of that same year, the band was invited by President Jimmy Carter to play at the White House.  Hammond left the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career.  He reunited with them in 1988 and continued on for the next decade or so.   On March 14, 2011, Ronnie Hammond died of heart failure.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (November 13, 1999) R.J. Vealey / Atlanta Rhythm Section

Posted by themusicsover on November 13, 2009

R.J. Vealey
1962 – November 13, 1999

R.J. Vealey is best remembered as one of the more recent drummers for southern rock band, the Atlanta Rhythm Section.   Although the once popular band came together in the early ’70s, it wasn’t until 1995 that Vealey came on board.  Atlanta Rhythm Section were on tour promoting their recently released fourteenth album, Eufala, when Vealey, 37, died suddenly of a heart attack shortly after a performance in Orlando, Florida.



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