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Bailey, Barry (12th June 1948-12th March 2022)

He was a guitarist born in Decatur, Georgia who played with The Imperials, The Vons and Wayne Loguidice and the Kommotions and was in the backing band of Mylon LeFevre in the 1960s before becoming an original member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1973. He left the group in 1985 but returned in 1989.

As a songwriter he  co-wrote several of their songs including “The Ballad of Lois Malone” and “The Great Escape “.   He has also worked with American Diesel Machine, Midnight Rainbows, Al Kooper, Joe South, Badger and Frankie Miller among others.

Over the years he appeared on at least 16 albums with the Atlanta Rhythm Section , including their Back Up Against the Wall, The Boys from Doraville, Champagne Jam, Eufaula and Underdog.

He died in March 2022 when he was 73 years old.

Atlanta Rhythm Section recordings
I’m Not Going to Let It Bother Me Tonight (Buddy Buie/Robert Nix/Dean Daughtry )
The Ballad of Lois Malone (Buddy Buie/Robert Nix/Dean Daughtry /Barry Bailey)
Silver Eagle (Buddy Buie/J.R. Cobb)
Champagne Jam (Buddy Buie/Robert Nix/J.R. Cobb )
The Great Escape (Buddy Buie/Robert Nix /Barry Bailey)

Here he is playing guitar with the Atlanta Rhythm Section on “Spooky”.  He’s the one wearing glasses…