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Atlanta Rhythm Section vocalist Ronnie Hammond dies

4:17 PM, Mar 15, 2011   |    comments
Ronnie Hammond (Flickr: Jason Shattles)
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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.)

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