So In To You – Atlanta Rhythm Section | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7); 1977

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Producer Bobby Buie had already tasted success with the Classics IV and was running his own studio in Georgia when he hit upon a way to catch the current guitar-rock wave: he’d form a group using his Studio One session musicians.

Those on hand included two former members of the Classics IV, two from Roy Orbison’s Candymen band, and three new players. He dubbed them the “Atlanta Rhythm Section” (although his studio was actually located in Doraville).

ARS recorded two albums for Decca, neither of which charted. The band signed with Polydor in 1974 and released three albums and four singles that did chart…barely. The suits’ patience was running out and deceived an ultimatum to ARS: produce a hit now or else.

This time, Bobby – the man who’d co-written Spooky, Stormy, and Traces – delivered the much-needed breakthrough song, So In To You, co-written with one-time Candymen Dean Daughtry and Robert Nix. So In To You sailed to #7 and ARS got a new lease on life from the label execs.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Buie

Lyrics Written by:

  • Buie
  • Nix
  • Daughtry