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Bailey, Barry (12th June 1948-Present)

He is a guitarist born in Decatur, Georgia.  In the 1960s he played with The Imperials, The Vons and Wayne Loguidice and the Kommotions and then in 1970 he became a member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

He left the group in 1985 but returned in 1989 and remained with them until the new millennium.  Having cerebral palsy himself he finally retired in 2006 to take care of is wife who was suffering from cancer and has since died.

He has co-written 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, Mylon LeFevre and Frankie Miller.

He returned to Decatur in 2009 where he was presented with a key to the city and 19th June 2009 was declared “Barry Bailey Day”.

Atlantic Rhythm Section recordings
The Ballad of Lois Malone (Buddy Buie/Robert Nix/Dean Daughtry/Barry Bailey)
The Great Escape (Buddy Buie/Robert Nix/Barry Bailey)

Here he is performing on his co-written “The Great Escape”…