Fare thee well Ronnie Hammond…

Georgia has an incredible music heritage. James Brown, Little Richard, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers Band, REM… The list, like the road, goes on forever.

While Ronnie Hammond and the Atlanta Rhythm Section weren’t as famous as those others they were a big part of the Georgia music scene back in the seventies. And their song Georgia Rhythm has always been one of my favorites. Today Ronnie Hammond died and so did a little piece of Georgia’s history along with a little piece of my youth.

Georgia Rhythm picks up at about the 44 second mark:

And before Doraville was known as ITP (Inside The Perimeter) the Atlanta Rhythm Section did a tribute to small town living on what was then the edge of suburban Atlanta. They could just as well have been singing about Alpharetta today.

4 thoughts on “Fare thee well Ronnie Hammond…

  1. No disrespect Jim, but the video of GA Rhythm above is NOT Ronnie Hammond. The above ideo is the new singer that took over when Ronnie retired.

  2. I know you’re right Chris. And the video doesn’t come close to doing the song justice anyway but it’s the only video of Georgia Rhythm I could find. I may just take down the video altogether and find a link to the audio. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I got to know Ronnie in the early ’90’s and know that he was one of the nicest, most approachable celebrities I’ve ever met. He was fun to be around and showed a genuine appreciation for ARS fans. May his soul rest in peace.

    • Took my son to see ARS in the 90s. He was about 14 then. He said the exact thing that Ronnie was the nicest and most approachable celebrity he had ever met. Easy to see that Ronnie’s heart was for the people and sure he is rocking heaven with all the angels in a major way. So glad I got to share this with my son.

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