Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard has passed away, according to news reports and confirmed by the band on their Facebook page. He was 68.
Goddard was among the founding members of the band in 1970 when the former members of the Candymen and the Classics IV became the session band for Studio One in Doraville, Georgia.
Goddard retired from touring in the mid-1980’s but later rejoined the band in 2011. He played with the ARS until his passing.
“I knew Paul when he was a guitarist, and maybe that’s why his bass playing was so musical,” the band’s vocalist Rodney Justo shared in a statement. “…and to go with that musicality was a unique sound that made him so identifiable to fans and other musicians as well.”
Our thoughts are with Goddard’s family and friends.