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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…more

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • On October 31, 1982 Alabama makes it's first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

    • On June 4, 1982 Alabama stages it's first ever June Jam festival for the charities in Ft. Payne, Alabama.

    • On April 18, 1981 Old Flame hits No. 1.

    • March 12, 1981 Dale Morris becomes Alabama's manager.

    • In January of 1981, Alabama opens it's first fan-club office in Fort Payne Alabama.

    • On May 22, 1980 Alabama signs with International House of Talent for boking. IHT's co- owner, Dale Morris will later become the band's manager.

    • On April 21, 1980 Alabama signs with RCA Records.

    • On March 15, 1980 Alabama triumps in Nashville at the New Faces Show.

    • On September 29, 1979 Alabama's MDJ Records single "I Wanna Come Over" debuts on the charts and does well enough to get the band a slot on the 1980 New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar.

    • In 1976 Mark Herndon got his first job as a drummer playing for the Ed Turberville Orchestra in Florence, South Carolina. He joined Alabama on April 1st, 1979.

    • Jeff Cook was born Jeffery Alan Cook on August 27, 1949 in Ft. Payne, Alabama.
      Randy Owen was born Randy Yeuell Owen on December 13, 1949 in Ft. Payne Alabama.
      Teddy Gentry was born Teddy Wayne Gentry on January 22, 1952 in Ft. Payne Alabama.
      Mark Herndon was born Mark Joel Herndon on May 11, 1955 in Springfield Ma.

    • Alabama played for over 10 years at the Bowery at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for tips.
      Alabama also played at a club on December 1980 called the Foxy Lady in Salisbury, North Carolina before they became who they are today.

    • Before they became the group Alabama they went by another name and it was Wild Country.

    • Alabama has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

    • Alabama won the Country Music Award in 1983 for best album of the year.

    • Alabama has sold over 65 million albums in their career.

    • Alabama is also known for its brilliant stage show which many say is High Energy and Dazzling.

    • Alabama was not just a group of 4 great singers who got together. They were all involved in producing every album they made.

    • Alabama will be releasing a 3 disc box set of their music over their run. It is to hit the shelves on January 31, 2006.

    • Alabama has won more American Music Awards than any other group in history. They had 22 wins.

    • Alabama was also recognized in the recording industry by Recording Industry Association of America as Country Group of the 20th Century.

    • Alabama was recognized as the ACM Artist of the Decade for the 1980's and in 1999.

    • Alabama were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on November 15, 2005. This took place during the 39th annual Country Music Awards that takes place in New York. Prior to presenting the award to the band, Jess Cook showed his appreciation by stating "This is the pinnacle of the awards right here."

    • Alabama decided to end their long time success in 2003/2004 when they announced their Farwell Tour.

    • Randy Owen of Alabama sang at the funeral of legend NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt's funeral. He sang Angels Among Us.

    • According to many articles in Country Music Magazine Alabama is still the most successful Country group of all time.

    • All total Alabama had a record number of #1 hits totaling 41.

    • Alabama had 21 number one hits through 1987. The would have broken the record for the amount of number one hits in a row which is held by Sonny James but in between their hits they did a Christmas song titled Christmas in Dixie which did not make it to number 1.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Alabama is one of the greatest groups.They have done alot to help less fortunate people.They are the best.

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    I had the pleasure of meeting Alabama on Dec.8th,1980,before

    they really became famous.I met them in Salisbury,NC in a place called The Foxy Lady.They were great then.The place was standing room only.I took my mom to Charlotte to see them in the late 80's.They were her favorite group.I have

    all their cd's that they have ever recorded.I heard them before they changed the name to Alabama.The name of their group was Wild Country,and that was in the 70's.I know that they have done alot for children as well.They donate alot of money to St.Jude's and have been there on several occasions to visit all the children.I know that the children and St.Jude's was thrilled to see them.Thank God for people like them.God bless Randy,Jeff,Teddy,and Mark.

    My favorite song that they did was Angels Among Us.I loved

    the vedio about it also.moreless
  • They're some of country music's living legends.

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    What can I say about the country group Alabama? Right off the top of my head, what comes to mind is that Randy Owen and the guys sing great traditional (and the occasional contemporary) country songs about living a simpler life in rural areas (their songs High Cotton and Down Home comes to mind) and songs that tributes the hard workers of the country (40 Hour Week as an example). Their music just continues to get better through out the years and their concerts look like they could have been very entertaining to attend while they were still touring. Another thing that I love about Alabama is the beautiful voice of lead singer Randy Owen. His great voice is the perfect partner of the songs that are on their albums. In all, Alabama has accomplished so much in their 30 year career, sang so many great songs and have amassed so many fans who are sad to know that they won't be touring again.

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