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.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the assist.