History Music / Alabama

20th Apr '18 7:40:18 PM Twentington
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* GameOfNerds: Averted in "The Cheap Seats": The song is sung by a typical "middle-sized town in the middle of the Middle West" baseball fan.
16th Apr '18 9:15:41 PM jormis29
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* RecordProducer: Harold Shedd was the mastermind between their extremely crossover-friendly sound in the 80s, as rooted in country as it was in the harder sides of rock and the slickness of AC. After the weak performance of ''The Touch'' and ''Just Us'' in the late 80s, combined with Shedd's departure for Mercury, the band split production duties on ''Southern Star'': Barry Beckett produced half the album, and Josh Leo and Larry Michael Lee produced the other half. Leo and Lee stayed on board through 1993's ''Cheap Seats'', after which they switched to Garth Fundis (Music/DonWilliams, Music/TrishaYearwood) for new songs on ''Greatest Hits III'' in 1994, Emory Gordy Jr. (Patty Loveless) for ''In Pictures'' in 1995, and Don Cook (Music/BrooksAndDunn) starting with ''Dancing on the Boulevard''. They also produced ''Southern Drawl'' by themselves.

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* RecordProducer: Harold Shedd was the mastermind between their extremely crossover-friendly sound in the 80s, as rooted in country as it was in the harder sides of rock and the slickness of AC. After the weak performance of ''The Touch'' and ''Just Us'' in the late 80s, combined with Shedd's departure for Mercury, the band split production duties on ''Southern Star'': Barry Beckett produced half the album, and Josh Leo and Larry Michael Lee produced the other half. Leo and Lee stayed on board through 1993's ''Cheap Seats'', after which they switched to Garth Fundis (Music/DonWilliams, Music/TrishaYearwood) for new songs on ''Greatest Hits III'' in 1994, Emory Gordy Jr. (Patty Loveless) (Music/PattyLoveless) for ''In Pictures'' in 1995, and Don Cook (Music/BrooksAndDunn) starting with ''Dancing on the Boulevard''. They also produced ''Southern Drawl'' by themselves.
15th Jan '18 2:16:48 PM Twentington
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* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2: they had three different drummers before Mark Herndon joined in 1979. The Owen/Gentry/Cook/Herndon lineup lasted from 1979 until 2008, although Herndon did not play on any album after ''In Pictures''. By the 2000s, Alabama was essentially semi-retired anyway, but a lawsuit filed against him by the other three members forced him out of the picture, leaving just Owen, Gentry, and Cook.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2: they had three different drummers before Mark Herndon joined in 1979. The Owen/Gentry/Cook/Herndon lineup lasted from 1979 until 2008, although Herndon did rarely played in-studio, and not play on any album at all after ''In Pictures''. By the 2000s, Alabama was essentially semi-retired anyway, but a lawsuit filed against him by the other three members forced him out of the picture, leaving just Owen, Gentry, and Cook.



* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jeff and Teddy sang on several album cuts, and chime in on the last verse of "Mountain Music" (which is reprised in their cameo on "[[Music/BradPaisley Old Alabama]]").

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jeff and Teddy sang on several album cuts, and chime in on but the last verse of singles were all Randy with one exception: "Mountain Music" has Jeff and Teddy sing one line each on the bridge (which is reprised in their cameo on "[[Music/BradPaisley Old Alabama]]").
21st Nov '17 2:12:29 PM SinDustries
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* EpicRocking: "My Home's in Alabama" clocks in at 6:26, which is ''really freaking long'' for a country song. Many of their songs pick up the tempo at the end, often with a frenetic solo and/or repeat of the chorus. "Dixieland Delight" for example. Also, the album versions of most of their singles tend to be longer or have parts that were edited out for radio play.

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* EpicRocking: "My Home's in Alabama" clocks in at 6:26, which is ''really freaking long'' for a country song. Many of their songs pick up the tempo at the end, often with a frenetic solo and/or repeat of the chorus. "Dixieland Delight" and "If You're Gonna Play In Texas," for example. Also, the album versions of most of their singles tend to be longer or have parts that were edited out for radio play.
21st Apr '17 12:41:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BrokenStreak: Although they weren't always hitting #1 in TheNineties, they at least landed in the Top 10 with consistency, keeping alive a streak of uninterrupted Top 10 hits dating back to "Tennessee River" in 1980... until the #13 "The Cheap Seats" in 1994 broke that streak.

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* BrokenStreak: BrokenWinLossStreak: Although they weren't always hitting #1 in TheNineties, they at least landed in the Top 10 with consistency, keeping alive a streak of uninterrupted Top 10 hits dating back to "Tennessee River" in 1980... until the #13 "The Cheap Seats" in 1994 broke that streak.
27th Mar '17 4:56:24 PM Twentington
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* RecordProducer: Harold Shedd was the mastermind between their extremely crossover-friendly sound in the 80s, as rooted in country as it was in the harder sides of rock and the slickness of AC. After the weak performance of ''The Touch'' and ''Just Us'' in the late 80s, combined with Shedd's departure for Mercury, the band's sound was noticeably de-fanged and more mainstream under the production of Josh Leo and Larry Michael Lee (although Barry Beckette helped on some tracks on ''Southern Star''). They then switched to Garth Fundis (Music/DonWilliams) for new songs on ''Greatest Hits III'' in 1994, Emory Gordy, Jr. (Patty Loveless) for ''In Pictures'' in 1995, and Don Cook (Music/BrooksAndDunn) starting with ''Dancing on the Boulevard''. They also produced ''Southern Drawl'' by themselves.

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* RecordProducer: Harold Shedd was the mastermind between their extremely crossover-friendly sound in the 80s, as rooted in country as it was in the harder sides of rock and the slickness of AC. After the weak performance of ''The Touch'' and ''Just Us'' in the late 80s, combined with Shedd's departure for Mercury, the band's sound was noticeably de-fanged and more mainstream under the band split production of duties on ''Southern Star'': Barry Beckett produced half the album, and Josh Leo and Larry Michael Lee (although Barry Beckette helped produced the other half. Leo and Lee stayed on some tracks on ''Southern Star''). They then board through 1993's ''Cheap Seats'', after which they switched to Garth Fundis (Music/DonWilliams) (Music/DonWilliams, Music/TrishaYearwood) for new songs on ''Greatest Hits III'' in 1994, Emory Gordy, Gordy Jr. (Patty Loveless) for ''In Pictures'' in 1995, and Don Cook (Music/BrooksAndDunn) starting with ''Dancing on the Boulevard''. They also produced ''Southern Drawl'' by themselves.themselves.
** In addition, Gentry has produced some songs by Canadian country band Emerson Drive.



* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jeff and Teddy sang on several album cuts, and chime in on the last verse of "Mountain Music".

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jeff and Teddy sang on several album cuts, and chime in on the last verse of "Mountain Music".Music" (which is reprised in their cameo on "[[Music/BradPaisley Old Alabama]]").



** Incidentally, the band covered "Sweet Home Alabama" on the LynyrdSkynyrd tribute album ''Skynyrd Frynds''.

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** Incidentally, the band covered "Sweet Home Alabama" on the LynyrdSkynyrd Music/LynyrdSkynyrd tribute album ''Skynyrd Frynds''.
3rd Jan '17 10:24:33 AM Xtifr
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Signed to RCA Records in the spring of 1980, the band quickly superseded the accomplishments of those first two top 40 country with the massive country rocker "Tennessee River." The song became the band's first No. 1 hit, and for the rest of TheEighties, the band sent single after single into the penthouse, missing only ''once'' that entire rest of the decade with the No. 7 "Tar Top." In the first half of the decade, many of the band's singles also crossed over to pop radio, including "Feels So Right," "Love in the First Degree," "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get," all of which reached Top 40 on the pop charts. Alabama also employed a distinctive crossover sound, blending the strong rhythm sections of rock and the breezy soft-rock harmonies of the {{Eagles}} with plenty of fiddle solos and country-friendly lyrics. They were also one of the first country groups to play all their own instruments on records(with the exception of most of Herndon's drum tracks being replaced by electronic drums for much of the 80's), for writing many of their hits themselves, and for having a stage presence that closely mirrored traditional rock band staging: Herndon at the rear, Owen in front of him, and Cook and Gentry on Owen's right and left respectively. Their success was such that in 1989 they were named "Artist of the ''Decade''" at the Academy of Country Music awards.

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Signed to RCA Records in the spring of 1980, the band quickly superseded the accomplishments of those first two top 40 country with the massive country rocker "Tennessee River." The song became the band's first No. 1 hit, and for the rest of TheEighties, the band sent single after single into the penthouse, missing only ''once'' that entire rest of the decade with the No. 7 "Tar Top." In the first half of the decade, many of the band's singles also crossed over to pop radio, including "Feels So Right," "Love in the First Degree," "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get," all of which reached Top 40 on the pop charts. Alabama also employed a distinctive crossover sound, blending the strong rhythm sections of rock and the breezy soft-rock harmonies of the {{Eagles}} Music/{{Eagles}} with plenty of fiddle solos and country-friendly lyrics. They were also one of the first country groups to play all their own instruments on records(with the exception of most of Herndon's drum tracks being replaced by electronic drums for much of the 80's), for writing many of their hits themselves, and for having a stage presence that closely mirrored traditional rock band staging: Herndon at the rear, Owen in front of him, and Cook and Gentry on Owen's right and left respectively. Their success was such that in 1989 they were named "Artist of the ''Decade''" at the Academy of Country Music awards.
12th Dec '16 1:47:01 PM Xtifr
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A long-lasting CountryMusic band. For most of its career Alabama was composed of three cousins; '''Randy Owen''' (lead vocals, rhythm guitar; born December 1, 1949), '''Jeff Cook''' (lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals; born August 27, 1949) and '''Teddy Gentry''' (bass, backing vocals; born January 22, 1952); Massachusetts native '''Mark Herndon''' (drums; born May 11, 1955) rounded out the quartet for much of their existence, although three different drummers had played in the band before he joined in 1979.

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A long-lasting CountryMusic band. For most of its career Alabama was composed of three cousins; '''Randy Owen''' Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar; born December 1, 1949), '''Jeff Cook''' Jeff Cook (lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals; born August 27, 1949) and '''Teddy Gentry''' Teddy Gentry (bass, backing vocals; born January 22, 1952); Massachusetts native '''Mark Herndon''' Mark Herndon (drums; born May 11, 1955) rounded out the quartet for much of their existence, although three different drummers had played in the band before he joined in 1979.
5th Oct '16 2:39:21 PM Twentington
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* LighterAndSofter: From ''Southern Star'' onward, their sound lost its crossover pop-rock sound in favor of a more mainstream slickness.



* RecordProducer: Harold Shedd was the mastermind between their extremely crossover-friendly sound in the 80s, as rooted in country as it was in the harder sides of rock and the slickness of AC. After the weak performance of ''The Touch'' and ''Just Us'' in the late 80s, combined with Shedd's departure for Mercury, the band's sound was noticeably de-fanged and more mainstream under the production of Josh Leo and Larry Michael Lee. They then switched to Garth Fundis (Don Williams) for new songs on ''Greatest Hits III'' in 1994, Emory Gordy, Jr. (Patty Loveless) for ''In Pictures'' in 1995, and Don Cook (Music/BrooksAndDunn) starting with ''Dancing on the Boulevard''. They also produced ''Southern Drawl'' by themselves.

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* RecordProducer: Harold Shedd was the mastermind between their extremely crossover-friendly sound in the 80s, as rooted in country as it was in the harder sides of rock and the slickness of AC. After the weak performance of ''The Touch'' and ''Just Us'' in the late 80s, combined with Shedd's departure for Mercury, the band's sound was noticeably de-fanged and more mainstream under the production of Josh Leo and Larry Michael Lee. Lee (although Barry Beckette helped on some tracks on ''Southern Star''). They then switched to Garth Fundis (Don Williams) (Music/DonWilliams) for new songs on ''Greatest Hits III'' in 1994, Emory Gordy, Jr. (Patty Loveless) for ''In Pictures'' in 1995, and Don Cook (Music/BrooksAndDunn) starting with ''Dancing on the Boulevard''. They also produced ''Southern Drawl'' by themselves.
4th Oct '16 11:59:52 AM Twentington
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* BrokenStreak: Although they weren't always hitting #1 in TheNineties, they at least landed in the Top 10 with consistency, keeping alive a streak of uninterrupted Top 10 hits dating back to "Tennessee River" in 1980... until the #13 "The Cheap Seats" in 1994 broke that streak.


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* FunWithAcronyms: "T.L.C. A.S.A.P." (Tender Loving Care, As Soon As Possible).
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