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  • Alabama are an American Southern Rock band playing a mixture of contemporary and traditional country music. The band consists of Randy Owen on vocals and rhythm guitar, Teddy Gentry on vocals and bass guitar, Jeff Cook on lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin, and Mark Hemdon who plays drums and percussion. The band started out in 1969, however they were not signed until 1977, when GRT offered them a one-album record contract. Alabama released one single under this record contract, I Wanna Be With You Tonight, before the record company went out of business. After the buy-out of GRT, Alabama released their first album on their new contract, My Home's in Alabama, in 1980. Their first single from this album, I Wanna Come Over was released in 1979 and reached number 33 on the Country charts. This single was followed up by Tennessee River and Why Lady Why which both reached number 1. Alabama released their second album, Feels So Right in 1981 with three singles from the album hitting the number 1 spot on the Billboard Country Charts; Old Flame, Feels So Right and Love in the First Degree. Their third album, Mountain Music was released in 1982 and garnered the band another three songs which hit the top spot; Mountain Music, Take Me Down and Close Enough to Perfect. The band continued making hits, with another 19 number one hits during the 80's from their albums The Closer You Get (1983), Roll On (1984), 40 Hour Week (1985), Greatest Hits (1986), The Touch (1986), Just Us (1987) and Southern Star (1989). In 1987 the band were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. During the 90's, Alabama gained another four number one hits and another 17 top 10 hits from their albums Pass it on Down (1990), Greatest Hits Vol. II (1991), American Pride (1992), Cheap Seats (1993), Greatest Hits Vol. III (1994), In Pictures (1995), Dancin' on the Boulevard (1997), For the Record (1998) and Twentieth Century (1999). Alabama gained no further top 10 hits during the 2000's, but they released another two albums named When It All Goes South (2001) and In the Mood: The Love Songs (2003) which netted them three top 50 hits.moreless

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    • Randy Owen: I've always wondered what it would be like to have breakfast with the new inductess into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    • Randy Owen: We're a great example of what can happen to people who just won't quit.

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    • On November 28, 1986 CBS aired My Home's In Alabama. It was Alabama's first TV special.

    • The following albums were the biggest selling country records of the years noted: 1981 - Feels So Right 1982 - Mountain Music 1985 - 40 Hour Week 1986 - The Touch

    • Alabama have received several certifications for their songs/albums, from Gold to Quadruple Platinum. The following list explains which songs/albums have been certified with which honors: My Home's In Alabama - Gold (July 1981), Platinum (June 1982), Double Platinum (August 1986) Feels So Right - Gold (May 1981), Platinum (September 1981), Triple Platinum (October 1984), Quadruple Platinum (July 1985) Mountain Music - Gold & Platinum (April 1982), Triple Platinum (October 1984), Quadruple Platinum (July 1985) Christmas In Dixie - Gold & Platinum (November 1985) The Closer You Get - Double Platinum (October 1984), Triple Platinum (July 1985) Roll On - Double Platinum (October 1984) 40 Hour Week - Gold & Platinum (April 1985) Greatest Hits - Gold & Platinum (March 1986)

    • On April 15, 1986 Alabama shattered records by being named the ACM's vocal group and entertainer of the year for the fifth consecutive time. In addition to winning this honor, Alabama won the ACM award for album of the year in 1982, for Feels So Right, in 1984 for The Closer You Get.

    • On October 11, 1982 Alabama became the first ever group to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award - prior to 1982 the winners had always been solo artists. The band repeated this success for the next two years, and on October 8, 1984 Alabama made history as the first ever act to win three consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year honors. In addition to these consecutive wins, Alabama were named the CMA's Vocal Group of the Year, three years running, from 1981-1983.

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