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Encyclopedia > Alabama (band)
Alabama
Background information
Origin Flag of United States Fort Payne, Alabama, USA
Genre(s) Country
Years active 1969 as Young Country;
19721977 as Wildcountry;
1977–present as Alabama
Label(s) GRT
MDJ Records
RCA
Website www.thealabamaband.com
Members
Randy Owen - vocals, rhythm guitar (1969, 1972–present)
Teddy Gentry - vocals, bass guitar (1969, 1972–present)
Jeff Cook - vocals, multiple instruments (1969, 1972–present)
Mark Herndon - drums and percussion (1979–present)
Former members
At least five other drummers

Alabama is a Grammy Award-winning country music band that originated in Fort Payne, Alabama. They were the most commercially successful country act in the 1980s and remain one of the bestselling American musical acts of all time. The band is often credited with bringing country music groups (as opposed to solo vocalists) into the mainstream, paving the way for the success of today's top country groups. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Fort Payne is a city located in DeKalb County, Alabama. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... See also: 1968 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Randy Owen (born December 14, 1949 in Fort Payne, Alabama) is the lead singer of country band Alabama. ... Teddy Wayne Gentry was born in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1952. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Fort Payne is a city located in DeKalb County, Alabama. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ...


The band's blend of traditional country music and southern rock combined with some elements of pop music gave it a crossover appeal that helped lead to their unprecedented success. They also toured extensively and incorporated production elements such as lighting and "sets" inspired by rock concerts into their shows. The band has over 30 number one country records on the Billboard Magazine charts to their credit and have sold over 73 million records to date.[1] Southern rock is a subgenre of rock music. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... The term, rock concert, refers to a musical performance in the style of any one of many genres inspired by rock and roll music. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

Contents

Members

Randy Owen (born December 14, 1949 in Fort Payne, Alabama) is the lead singer of country band Alabama. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Teddy Wayne Gentry was born in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1952. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a popular music band, especially a rock band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... A four-string banjo For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin. ... Carved (electric) and round backed mandolins (front) A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... A percussion instrument can be any object which produces a sound by being struck with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. ...

History and No. 1 singles

The band was started in 1969 by cousins Owen, Gentry, and Cook as Young Country. Their first gig was playing for a high school talent contest, and they won first prize, a trip to the Grand Ole Opry. After a hiatus for Owen and Cook to attend college, the band reconvened in Anniston, Alabama in 1972 as Wildcountry. In 1973 they made the decision to become professional musicians, quitting their day jobs and playing in various clubs across the Southeast. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... Nickname: The Model City Location in Alabama Coordinates: County Calhoun Settled April 1872 Incorporated 3 July 1883 Mayor Hoyt W. “Chip” Howell, Jr. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...


The band went through five drummers in the next four years. In 1977 they chose to change their name to Alabama, and the same year signed a one-album recording contract with GRT. Their single, "I Wanna Be With You Tonight", broke the Top 80. GRT declared bankruptcy a year later, and the band was surprised to find that a clause in their contracts forbade them from recording with another label. It took over a year to raise the money to buy out their contract, but in 1979 they were free to record again. However, once again, the band's drummer had quit. Owen, Gentry, and Cook hired Mark Herndon, a former drummer for a rock band, to join the group. These four musicians remained the core of the band for the rest of their career. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ...


In 1979, the band self-recorded an album and hired a promoter to help get radio airplay for their single, "I Wanna Come Over". MDJ Records, a small label based in Dallas, Texas agreed to release the single, which peaked at No. 33 on Billboard's country chart. The follow-up, their signature song, "My Home's in Alabama," reached the Top 20 in March 1980; both songs are on their first album, My Home's in Alabama. The band was noticed by RCA Records and with the marketing and distibution power of their new label behind them, Alabama soon shot to the top of the country record charts. For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Alabama was and is an awesome band and was so dominant in the early- and mid-1980s that 21 of their single releases reached No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart. This streak also included a holiday single called "Christmas in Dixie", which reached the lower regions of the Top 40. However, non-No. 1 Christmas singles are usually disregarded in determining chart-topping streaks, so Alabama is frequently cited as having had the longest streak of consecutive No. 1 singles. (The streak also disregards Lionel Richie's 1987 single, "Deep River Woman", which featured harmony vocals from Alabama and peaked at No. 10.) Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ...


The No. 1 hits continued through April 1987, when "(You've Got) 'The Touch'" became their 21st chart-topper. After "Tar Top" peaked at No. 7 in the fall of 1987, Alabama started a new No. 1 string of six straight, and went on to have five more No. 1 hits through 1993's "Reckless."


For the record, the 32 No. 1 songs according to Billboard magazine's country singles chart are as follows (other #1 singles from other trade magazines are not listed here): Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

  • 1980: "Tennessee River"; "Why Lady Why"
  • 1981: "Old Flame"; "Feels So Right"; "Love in the First Degree"
  • 1982: "Mountain Music"; "Take Me Down"; "Close Enough to Perfect"
  • 1983: "Dixieland Delight"; "The Closer You Get"; "Lady Down on Love"
  • 1984: "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)"; "When We Make Love"; "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)"
  • 1985: "(There's a) Fire in the Night"; "There's No Way"; "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')"; "Can't Keep a Good Man Down"
  • 1986: "She and I"; "Touch Me When We're Dancing"
  • 1987: "You've Got the Touch"
  • 1988: "Face to Face" (duet with K.T. Oslin); "Fallin' Again"
  • 1989: "Song of the South"; "If I Had You"; "High Cotton"
  • 1990: "Southern Star"; "Jukebox in My Mind"
  • 1991: "Forever's as Far as I'll Go"; "Down Home"
  • 1992: "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)"
  • 1993: "Reckless"

While 32 songs reached the summit in Billboard magazine, the band's official website acknowledges 41 of its songs reached the top of the various charts (which include Cash Box, Gavin Report, Radio & Records, among others). Furthermore, a best-of album, titled For the Record: 41 Number One Hits, was released. See also: 1979 in country music, 1980 in music, other events of 1980, 1981 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1980 in country music, 1981 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1981 in country music, 1982 in music, other events of 1982, 1983 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) January 9 – Fourteen Carat Mind – Gene Watson January... See also: 1982 in country music, 1983 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events March — In a span of two days, two major cable networks signed on the air. ... See also: 1983 in country music, 1984 in music, other events of 1984, 1985 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1984 in country music, 1985 in music, other events of 1985, 1986 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // A story published in the New York Times declares that country music is dead. ... See also: 1985 in country music, 1986 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events For the first time in its 42-year history, there is a new No. ... See also: 1986 in country music, 1987 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1987 in country music, 1988 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Time-Life Records releases the first volume of its Country USA series. ... Kay Toinette K.T. Oslin, (born May 15, 1941), is a country music singer and songwriter. ... See also: 1988 in country music, 1989 in music, other events of 1989, 1990 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... < -- Please excuse the mess - this is a work in progress. ... < -- Please excuse the mess - this is a work in progress. ... See also: 1991 in country music, 1992 in music, other events of 1992, 1993 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // January - After 23 years of its tried-and-true formula, the producers of Hee Haw unveil an extensively revamped show in time... See also: 1992 in country music, 1993 in music, other events of 1993, 1994 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (as certified by Billboard magazine) January 16 - Somewhere Other Than the Night - Garth... Cash Box magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industry. ... Radio and Records (R&R) is a weekly trade magazine that tracks radio airplay from the various genres including Pop, Country, R&B and many others. ...


Those songs that went the distance on other charts, but not Billboard (although all were top five hits on the Billboard chart), are "Here We Are" and "Then Again" (1991); "Born Country" and "Take A Little Trip" (1992); "Once Upon a Lifetime" (1993); "Give Me One More Shot," "She Ain't Your Ordinary Girl" and "In Pictures" (1995); "Sad Lookin' Moon" (1997); and "How Do You Fall In Love" (1998). Born Country is a country song written by Byron Hill and John Schweers, and was a #1 country single (Radio & Records Magazine, March 1992) recorded by the band Alabama. ...


In May 2002, the band announced its "Farewell Tour", which took place across the USA during 2003 & 2004. They are now retired from touring, but released two albums of inspirational music in 2006 and 2007.


As of early 2007, Jeff Cook has teamed up with former AllStar Goodtime Band member Mitch Glenn; the two have formed a new duo called Cook & Glenn.[1]


Awards

The group has won two Grammy Awards for "Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal", in 1982 for Mountain Music and in 1983 for The Closer You Get. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The group has won a number of Country Music Association awards, including the "Entertainer of the Year" award in 1982, 1983, and 1984. The group was also won the ACM "Entertainer of the Year" award each year from 1981-1985. They were also recognized by the ACM as "Artists of the Decade" for the 1980s, and in 1999 the band was named Recording Industry Association of America’s “Country Group of the 20th Century.” The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... The RIAA Logo. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901&#8211;2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900&#8211;1999...


The group has collected more American Music Awards than any other artist in history, with 23 wins, including the Award of Merit. The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...


Alabama was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Giving Back

Although they have achieved superstardom, the men who make up Alabama have never forgotten their roots. From 1982 until 1997, they held an annual "Alabama June Jam" in Fort Payne, Alabama. Proceeds from these events were distributed to various charities and school organizations and have also been used to set up an escrow account which continues to distribute money to worthy causes. Each of the band members is also active in fundraising for a charity of his choice, and several of them have set up their own charitable foundations. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fort Payne is a city located in DeKalb County, Alabama. ...


In honor of their good works, the group has been the recipient of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, Country Radio Broadcasters' Humanitarian Award, and the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award. Alabama was also awarded the B.M.I. President's Trophy for Public Service, which has been awarded only four times (and never before to a group). They were also the inaugural recipients of the "Spirit of Alabama" medal awarded by Governor Bob Riley. Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Minnie Pearl Minnie Pearl was the stage name of Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996). ... A number of important people have been called Bob Riley: Robert R. Riley (governor of Alabama) Bob C. Riley (1924-1994), politician, previous Governor of Arkansas This is a disambiguation page &#8212; a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In their live shows, Alabama often made a point of recognizing the men and women in America's Armed Forces. They have volunteered to visit injured soldiers at military hospitals, and have participated in the "Laying of the Wreath" ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. For their efforts, they have been awarded the USO Rising Star Award and the Pentagon 9/11 Medallion. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Trivia

  • On July 4, 1993, they opened a $7-million, 2,200-seat theater, located in Barefoot Landing-Myrtle Beach South Carolina where they began their careers. Their song "Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard" pays tribute to Myrtle Beach's nightclubs.
  • In 2001, Randy Owen performed the songs "Angels Among Us" and "Goodbye (Kelly's Song)" at the funeral for NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... The Country Music Awards are voted on by business members of the Country Music Association. ... NY redirects here. ...

Discography

For a list of singles and albums, see Alabama discography This article is a detailed discography for the American country music band Alabama. ...


See also

This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. ... This is a list of notable bands named after real or fictional places. ...

References

External links


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