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Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist Barry Bailey passes away at 73

He died overnight in his sleep.

ATLANTA — Barry Bailey, guitarist of the iconic rock bank Atlanta Rhythm Section, has passed away. The storied musician was 73 years old at the time of his passing.

The Decatur native passed away in his sleep Saturday night after years of struggling with multiple sclerosis, 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger reported. Over the years, the band has shared a stage with the likes of rock legends Bob Seger, Foreigner, Heart and Aerosmith. One of the band's most memorable performances was on the White House lawn in 1977, when they played for the birthday of President Jimmy Carter's son. 

The Atlanta Rhythm section's greatest hits included Champagne Jam, So Into You, Doraville, Spooky and Imaginary Lover. The band ultimately crafted 13 albums, having written music throughout the 70s and ultimately having released their final work in 1999.


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