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.