In Memoriam: Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythm Section

Paul Goddard

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.

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  1. That sucks! I remember seeing them many times in the late 70’s. Paul was always spot on with his Ric! RIP bro! You will be missed!

  2. Did he do the bass
    line on “Imaginary Lovers”?

  3. who can forget the great bass lines to “Spooky” still love that groove.

  4. Very sad. What a great player and who didn’t learn the bass solo on Champagne Jam

  5. Playing that Georgia Rhythm!