April 29, 2014 – Paul Goddard (ARS) was born on June 3rd 1945.
The southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed in 1971 by musicians who were former members of the Candymen and the Classics IV, which had become the session band for the newly opened Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, near Atlanta in 1970.
After playing on other artists’ recordings, they decided to become a true band in their own right. The original lineup consisted of vocalist Rodney Justo, guitarist Barry Bailey, bassist Paul Goddard, keyboardist Dean Daughtry, and drummer Robert Nix.
Guitarist James B. Cobb, Jr. joined the band in early 1972. Justo left the band after the first album and was replaced by Ronnie Hammond. Buddy Buie, the band’s manager and producer,is listed first on almost all of their songwriting credits.
Noted Christian Music artist and Southern rocker Mylon LeFevre appeared on “Jesus Hearted People”, from the band’s album Third Annual Pipe Dream. Before they became founding members of Atlanta Rhythm Section, members of LeFevre’s backup band included Barry Bailey, Paul Goddard and Dean Daughtry.
Goddard performed on ARS hits such as “So Into You”, “Imaginary Lover”, “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight”, “Do It or Die” and the remake of the Classics IV’s “Spooky”.
Rolling Stone magazine voted his work on “Another Man’s Woman,” from the 1979 live album Are You Ready!, as one of the top five bass solos of all time.
Paul died while fighting cancer at age 68
Listen to his bass solo starting at 6:15 min