Atlanta (band)

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Background information
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 1982–1988
Labels MDJ, MCA, Southern Tracks
Associated acts Spurzz
Past members Jeff Baker
Allen Collay
Alan David
Bill Davidson
John Holder
Tony Ingram
Brad Griffis
Bill Packard
Dick Stevens

Atlanta was an American country music group formed in 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It was composed of Brad Griffis (vocals, bass guitar), Bill Davidson (vocals, guitar), Tony Ingram (vocals, fiddle), Alan David (vocals, lead guitar), Allen Collay (vocals, keyboards), Bill Packard (vocals, keyboards), Jeff Baker (bass vocal, harmonica), Dick Stevens (bass), and John Holder (drums). Between 1983 and 1988, Atlanta recorded two albums for MCA Records and charted nine hit singles on the Billboard country chart.

Chart history included two top ten country hits in "Atlanta Burned Again Last Night" and "Sweet Country Music". The latter was also the band's highest charting single, peaking at #2 on Cashbox.


Atlanta was formed in 1982 by Brad Griffis (bass guitar), Bill Davidson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Tony Ingram (vocals, fiddle), Alan David (lead guitar), Allen Collay (keyboards), Bill Packard (keyboards), Jeff Baker (harmonica), Dick Stevens (bass), and John Holder (drums).[1] Prior to the foundation, Ingram had recorded on Epic Records in the band Spurzz,[1] and Stevens, Davidson, Griffis, and David had previously toured as a re-establishment of The Vogues.[2] The group was founded through the assistance of record producer Larry McBride, who had also launched the career of Alabama.[3] With nine members, Atlanta was the largest country music band at the time.[3]

"Atlanta Burned Again Last Night" was the band's debut single, released in 1983 on the independent MDJ record label, which McBride owned.[4] This recording spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard country singles chart, peaking at #9.[1][5] This single was one of the highest-charting debut singles by an independently signed country music act.[3]

After it came the #11 "Dixie Dreaming", the band's second and final MDJ release. By early 1984, MCA Records assumed promotion of the band's singles and albums, releasing "Sweet Country Music" early in the year. It became the band's highest-charting hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard country chart.[1][6] MCA released the band's debut album Pictures in 1984. MCA also released the singles "Pictures" and "Wishful Drinkin'", the latter of which was included in the film Ellie.[1]

Atlanta released its self-titled second album for MCA in 1985 with Larrie London as a session drummer before Boo Boo McAfee join the group after Holder leaves. It included the singles "My Sweet-Eyed Georgia Girl" and "Why Not Tonight", both of which peaked outside the country Top 40.[1] The band later moved to the Southern Tracks label as Davidson and David leaves and was replaced by Jody Worrell on guitar, and releasing "We Always Agree on Love" and "Sad Clichés".[1]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
CAN Country
Pictures 8 140 6
  • Release date: May 1985
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1983 "Atlanta Burned Again Last Night" 9 Pictures
"Dixie Dreaming" 11
1984 "Sweet Country Music" 5 2
"Pictures" 35 31
"Wishful Drinkin'" 22
1985 "My Sweet-Eyed Georgia Girl" 57 Atlanta
"Why Not Tonight" 58
1987 "We Always Agree on Love" 75 N/A
1988 "Sad Cliches" 70
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  2. ^ Barschel, Marion (September 4, 1982). "Mason-Dixon's band bottom line is reaching for a million dollars". The Leader-Post. p. A16. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Atlanta is big – real big". Bowling Green Daily News. August 18, 1983. p. 14C. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ The Journal of country music. 13–14. Country Music Foundation. p. 109. 
  5. ^ Davis, Doug (October 2, 1983). "Atlanta Hits Top 10 for First Time Out". The Herald-Journal. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Atlanta biography". Allmusic. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Atlanta Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Atlanta Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Atlanta Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved June 11, 2011.