Not much, really. Toggle navigation Welcome Guest. Imaginary Lover by Atlanta Rhythm Section. Another hit from this popular southern band, this song is about fantasy affairs and how they can often trump reality, as fantasies are flawless, while real people have flaws and impose their own reality.
The album provided no hit singles and was their last for Polydor. As a result, the group departed Polydor, which led to a breach of contract lawsuit from the company that was later settled in the band's favor. Before completion, CBS wanted the band to drop some of the tracks and record more. After buying out his partners, Buie continued to run Studio One until when he sold it to Georgia State University.
Unfortunately, the cost of running the studio was too high and it was closed in Buie died at age 74 on July 18, Drummer Roy Yeager tripped over a fallen tree while the band was on tour in Daytona Beach in and suffered a severe broken leg. Justo had moved from session singer to lead singer again in the mids with a group from Alabama called Beaverteeth. He then left the music industry for a number of years and eventually took up a sales position with a wine company.
During —, the group went to Nashville and tried working with Buddy Buie's former associate Chips Moman , a more country-oriented producer, on a proposed new record label called Triad, in conjunction with producer Buddy Killen and former Capricorn Records head Phil Walden. But results were slow to come and, dissatisfied with this direction, bassist Paul Goddard and drummer Biget left to work with British producer Eddy Offord in another band with former Dixie Dregs keyboardist T Lavitz and guitarist Pat Buchanan, called Interpol, that was in a more progressive rock direction; unfortunately, Interpol never got off the ground.
The Chips Moman Nashville project, which was given the tentative name Hardball , was completed but the album, like their previous effort for CBS, has never been released. Two new members, Tommy Stribling bass and Keith Hamrick drums , joined in late and ARS, now without a recording contract, continued to play shows, mostly in the South.
Greenville, South Carolina native Andy Anderson, who'd been playing with Billy Joe Royal , was recommended by his friend Hamrick in as the new front man and sang on the unreleased Moman project after Justo was let go.
In the group tried a new singer, Jeff Logan, who had previously appeared with a band called High Cotton. But Logan's higher voice didn't fit with the band's musical style and Anderson soon returned as lead vocalist. Bassist Stribling went on to leave in February , turning it over to Steve Stone.
In late , J. Cobb left to concentrate more on songwriting and session work at Moman's new studio in Memphis for The Highway Men , among others and Stribling came back to play guitar. The personnel shuffles continued as Hamrick also departed in late and was replaced by Sean Burke who joined in early Atlanta Rhythm Section.
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It is the group's second greatest hit, just behind " So in to You ". It also implies the superiority at times of imaginary lovers to real ones, eliminating the complications of relating to an actual partner as well as the possibilities of disagreement, rejection, or boredom. Nancy Sinatra included this on her album, Sheet Music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Imaginary Lover by Atlanta Rhythm Section Go Unlimited Try now Get a special offer and listen to over 60 million songs, anywhere with Amazon Music Unlimited. Renews automatically. Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,, in CDs & Vinyl (See Top in CDs & Vinyl) # in Roots Rock (CDs & Vinyl)2/5(1).