Ronnie Hammond (Flickr: Jason Shattles)
FORSYTH, GA -- Ronnie Hammond, lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section died Monday of heart failure at a hospital in Forsyth.
The group was best known for a string of 1970s hits, including "Champagne Jam" and "So Into You." Hammond joined the group in 1972 after ARS' former lead singer Rodney Justo left the group.
The Macon-native was remembered by his brother Jimmy Hammond in a Macon Telegraph interview.
Monroe County coroner Joey Proctor said that Hammond, 60, had a history of respiratory problems, including diabetes and lung problems.
Hammond was born and raised in Macon and lived in Forsyth for years.
(WMAZ Macon contrtibuted to this article.)