Underdog (Atlanta Rhythm Section album)

Underdog is an album by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, released in 1979 by Polydor Records. It is their first album with the drummer Roy Yeager since the former drummer Robert Nix left the band near the end of 1978. The album reached number 26 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart,[1] and was certified gold by the RIAA in June 1979.[2] The album contained two songs which reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, "Do It or Die" and "Spooky".[3] The latter was a re-recording of the 1968 number three hit for Classics IV, a pop rock group whose line up included members who later joined Atlanta Rhythm Section.[4]

Underdog
Atlanta Rhythm Section - Underdog.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1979
GenreSoft rock
Length41:14
LabelPolydor Records
ProducerBuddy Buie
Atlanta Rhythm Section chronology
Champagne Jam
(1978)
Underdog
(1979)
Are You Ready!
(1979)
Singles from Underdog
  1. "Do It or Die"
    Released: August 1979
  2. "Spooky"
    Released: August 1979

Track listingEdit

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Do It or Die"Buie, Cobb, Hammond3:28
2."Born Ready"Buie, Daughtry, Nix3:53
3."I Hate the Blues"
"Let's Go Get Stoned"
Buie, Daughtry, Nix
Ashford, Simpson
7:10
4."Indigo Passion"Buie, Cobb3:55
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."While Time is Left"Bailey, Buie, Daughtry, Nix5:20
6."It's Only Music"Buie, Cobb5:32
7."Spooky"Buie, Cobb, Middlebrooks, Shapiro4:58
8."My Song"Buie, Hammond3:15

PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Album
Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 26[1]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Do It or Die" Billboard Hot 100[5] 19
Billboard Adult Contemporary[6] 11
Billboard Country 92
RPM Top Singles[7] 43
Kent Music Report 75
"Spooky" Billboard Hot 100[8] 17
Billboard Adult Contemporary[9] 23
RPM Top Singles 37
Kent Music Report 96

CertificationsEdit

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold[10] June 12, 1979

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Atlanta Rhythm Section - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search Results - Atlanta Rhythm Section". RIAA. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Atlanta Rhythm Section - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0.
  5. ^ "Do It or Die (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Do It or Die (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Do It or Die (Canada)". RPM. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Spooky (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Spooky (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  10. ^ "RIAA searchable certification database: Atlanta Rhythm Section". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 5, 2020.