Song of the Day, January 2: I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight by Atlanta Rhythm Section

ARSCJBotherToday’s song is I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight by Atlanta Rhythm Section. This stalwart Southern band formed in 1971 and is still going today. When Studio One opened in Doraville, GA, outside Atlanta, the producers brought in local talent as session musicians. Most came from one of two bands: The Candymen, who had regional success and hand backed Roy Orbison, and Classics IV, noted for the Top 5 hits Spooky [#3, 1967], Stormy [#5, 1968] and Traces [#2, 1969].

The players enjoyed working together and formed their own band, drawing their name from their origins. By 1978, they had released seven albums with three lineups, the longest-running composed of Barry Bailey (guitar), Dean Daughtry (keyboards and vocals), Paul Goddard (bass), Robert Nix (percussion), James B. Cobb, Jr. (guitar and backing vocals), and Ronnie Hammond (vocals). They logged two #7 hits, So In To You [1977] and Imaginary Lover [1978].

I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight is a classic Southern romp, a testimonial of independent spirit and willful pursuit of good times. It’s a fun track that manages to avoid some of the darker tropes of Southern rock, with some smart topical references thrown in. It peaked at #14, the fourth of the band’s seven Top 40 hits. Enjoy this charming 70s hit today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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