Alabama is an American country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen(lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals). They were soon joined by their other cousin, Jeff Cook (lead guitar, fiddle, and keyboards). First operating under the name Wildcountry, the group toured the Southeast bar circuit in the early 1970s, and began writing original songs. They changed their name to Alabama in 1977 and following the chart success of two singles, were approached by RCA Records for a record deal.
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Alabama’s biggest success came in the 1980s, where the band had over 27 number one hits, seven multi-platinum albums and received numerous awards. Alabama’s first single on RCA Records, “Tennessee River”, began a streak of 21 number one singles, including “Love in the First Degree” (1981), “Mountain Music” (1982), “Dixieland Delight” (1983), “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” (1984) and “Song of the South” (1988). The band’s popularity waned slightly in the 1990s although they continued to produce hit singles and multi-platinum album sales. Alabama disbanded in 2003 following a farewell tour and two albums of inspirational music but reunited in 2010 and have continued to record and tour worldwide.
The band’s blend of traditional country music and Southern rock combined with elements of gospel, and pop music gave it a crossover appeal that helped lead to their 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 charts to their credit and have sold over 75 million records, making them the most successful band in country music history. AllMusic credited the band with popularizing the idea of a country band and wrote that “It’s unlikely that any other country group will be able to surpass the success of Alabama.”
Backing Tracks – Angels Among Us …Are You Sure That Hank Done It This Way … Born Country … Christmas In Dixie … Close Enough To Perfect … Dancin, Shaggin On The Boulevard … Dixieland Delight … Down … Home … Feels So Right … Forty Hour Week … God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You … Here We Are … High Cotton … How Do You Fall In Love … If I Had You … I’m In A Hurry … In Pictures … It Works … Keepin’ Up … Love In The First Degree … Mountain Music … Of Course I’m Alright … Old Flame … Once Upon A Lifetime … Pictures And Memories … Reckless … Sad Lookin’ Moon … Say i … Southern Star … Take A Little Trip … That Feeling … The Closer You Get … The Maker Said Take Her … The Woman He Loves … Twentieth Century … When It All Goes South … When We Make Love … Why Lady Why … Will You Marry Me