The music world loses a legend in Paul Goddard

Paul Goddard

All eyes were on Paul Goddard in Dothan in August 2011 when he returned to the ARS.

Deborah Wheeler
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 05:19 PM.

On April 29 the world of music lost a legend when it lost Paul Goddard.

Goddard was a founding member of the iconic '70s band The Atlanta Rhythm Section and performed on such ARS hits as “So Into You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” “Do It or Die” and the remake of the Classics IV’s “Spooky.”

South Walton's Mike McCarty met Goddard around 1970 when Goddard was a studio musician at Studio One in Atlanta , which was the hottest studio around. At that time, the guitarist was playing in the house band called Holy Smoke, which later became known as ARS.

"He was an incredible musician," said McCarty.

McCarty designed 15-20 of the band's mega-release album covers as they rode their popularity wave as one of the hottest bands in the South and he knew Goddard well.

McCarty knew him so well that when McCarty honeymooned in San Francisco and ARS went out to film the Don Kirshner show, Goddard rode to Hollywood with McCarty.

Goddard was originally the lead guitarist for ARS, but he was friends with Barry Bailey, so Goddard moved to bass when Bailey joined ARS.

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