Spooky – Atlanta Rhythm Section – 1979

ARS SpookyNot often a band two incarnations of the same band has a hit with the same song… but it happened with Spooky; a hit for both The Classics IV and Atlanta Rhythm Section.

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  • Atlanta Rhythm Section, or ARS as they were sometimes called, formed in 1971.
  • Originally a session band, they worked at Studio One, a recording studio on Georgia. Studio One gained some kudos from recording such artists as Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Joe South.
  • The original ARS line-up was vocalist Rodney Justo, guitarist Barry Bailey, bassist Paul Goddard, keyboardist Dean Daughtry, and drummer Robert Nix. The line-up has changed consistently right up to the present day but Dean and Rodney remain front and centre.
  • ARS 1While not achieving the commercial success of some of the other Studio One acts, ARS had a number of hits including, So Into You, Imaginary Lover, and Spooky.
  • The band produced nine albums in the 70s, 13 albums in all; the last album was released in 1999.

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  • Spooky was originally an instrumental song performed by saxophonist Mike Sharpe (Shapiro), who, with Harry Middlebrooks, Jr. wrote the tune.
  • In 1967, The Classics IV hit #3 on the US charts and #46 on the UK charts with a version featuring lyrics written by James Cobb and Buddy Buie. The core of The Classics IV later became Atlanta Rhythm Section.
  • ARS 2In 1979, Atlanta Rhythm Section re-recorded Spooky, peaking at #17 on the US charts and #48 on the UK charts.
  • Spooky has been covered by a number of artists including: Dusty Springfield, Percy Sledge, Andy Williams, Martha and the Vandellas, and R.E.M.
  • Spooky lyrics.

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