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Alabama - Profile


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Alabama - 'The Closer You Get' (1983)

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1977, in Fort Payne, Alabama

Early Years:

Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry were cousins before they became bandmates. Both grew up on the outskirts of Fort Payne, Alabama, but made the trip into town to form the band Wildcountry with their relative Jeff Cook. In 1973, the threesome took their act on the road and officially changed the group's name to Alabama four years later. After adding drummer Mark Herndon to the lineup in 1979, the main components of the band were in place.

Hitting It Big:

Alabama signed with RCA Records after being discovered at a Nashville showcase. Their first single, "Tennessee River," also became their first #1 country single. It set the pattern for the group's dominance throughout the 1980s. Indeed, the Academy of Country Music named the Alabama Artist of the Decade in 1989.

Trivia Fact:

Alabama have sold over 57 million albums around the world.

Core Members of Alabama:

  • Jeffrey Alan Cook
  • Teddy Wayne Gentry
  • Mark Joel Herndon
  • Randy Yeull Owen

Number One Hits from Alabama:

  1. "Tennessee River" (1980)            
  2. "Why Lady Why" (1980)               
  3. "Old Flame" (1981)         
  4. "Feels So Right" (1981) 
  5. "Love in the First Degree" (1981)
  6. "Mountain Music" (1982)            
  7. "Take Me Down" (1982)               
  8. "Close Enough to Perfect" (1982)             
  9. "Dixieland Delight" (1983)           
  10. "The Closer You Get" (1983)       
  11. "Lady Down on Love" (1983)      
  12. "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" (1984)                      
  13. When We Make Love (1984)
  14. "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)" (1984)
  15. "(There's A) Fire in the Night" (1984)
  16. "There's No Way" (1985)
  17. "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" (1985)       
  18. "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" (1985)
  19. "She and I" (1986)           
  20. "Touch Me When We're Dancing" (1986)             
  21. "You've Got the Touch"                (1987)
  22. "Face to Face" (1987)    
  23. "Fallin' Again" (1988)
  24. "Song of the South" (1988)
  25. "If I Had You" (1989)      
  26. "High Cotton" (1989)     
  27. "Southern Star" (1989)
  28. "Jukebox in My Mind" (1990)    
  29. "Forever's as Far as I'll Go" (1990)            
  30. "Down Home" (1991)
  31. "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" (1992)
  32. "Reckless" (1993)
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