Instruments: Guitar, Songwriter
Date of Birth: February 5, 1944
Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama

1997 Music Creator's Award

J .R. Cobb is a guitar player and songwriter and a member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Former sessionmen, The Atlanta Rhythm Section smoothed out Southern rock's rough edges with studio sophistication. Cobb, Dean Daughtry, and producer-manager Buddy Buie had been members of the Classic IV, whose hits included "Spooky", "Stormy", and "Traces".

They met the other Section members while working together on a Roy Orbison session in !970. Soon after, they formed the group, with mentor Bill Lowery giving them their name. Ronnie Justo, lead vocalist for their debut LP, was soon replaced by Ronnie Hammond, a former recording engineer.

Frequent touring helped establish them as a major group in the late '70s. Their hit singles included "So In To You', (#7, 1977), "Imaginary Lover", (#7, 1978), and "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight", (#14, 1978). Other singles included "Champagne Jam" and "Doraville." Their Album "A Rock and Roll Alternative" has been certified gold; "Champagne Jam" Platinum.

Their current lineup includes singer Andy Anderson, who joined the group in 1983. The Greenville, South Carolina, native spent five years singing backup with Billy Joe Royal in the late '70s.

Chart Songs as a Songwriter

Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
Rock Bottom Wynonna Judd 2 1994
Traces Classics IV 2 1969
Spooky Classics IV 3 1968
Traces Lettermen 3 1969
Stormy Classics IV 5 1969
What Am I Crying For? Classics IV 7 1972
Funniest Thing Classics IV 11 1970
Do It Or Die Atlanta Rhythm Section 11 1979
Everyday With You Girl Classics IV 12 1969
I Take It Back Sandy Posey 12 1967
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy Sonia 13 1992
Where Did All The Good Times Go? Classics IV 14 1970
Spooky Atlanta Rhythm Section 17 1979
Midnight Classics IV 23 1969
Change Of Heart Classics IV 25 1969
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy Tams 26 1968
Stormy Atlanta Rhythm Section 32 1979
Rosanna Atlanta Rhythm Section 35 1973

*Chart position is based on Billboard Magazine Pop, Country, R&B, & A/C Charts. Other music industry charts may have shown higher chart positions.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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