Alabama is a country music band from Fort Payne, Alabama
that formed in 1969. They were among the first successful country
group act since the mid-1970s, thanks to their blend of contemporary
and traditional country along with southern rock. Alabama was
so dominant in the 1980s that 21 of their single releases reached #1
on Billboard's country singles chart.
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The members of Alabama are Randy Owen (vocals, rhythm guitar), Teddy Gentry (vocals, bass guitar), Jeff Cook (lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin) and Mark Herndon (drums, percussion). Along with The Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler Brothers, Alabama is recognized as having paved the way for today's top country groups, including Diamond Rio, Lonestar and Rascal Flatts. The group has collected more American Music Awards than any other artist in history, with 22 wins.
Some of Alabama's biggest hits include "Tar Top", "(You've Got) The Touch", "Take Me Down", "Old Flame" and "Dixieland Delight". On November 15, 2005, Alabama was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the 39th annual Country Music Awards in New York.