History Music / Alabama

20th May '16 12:36:47 PM Twentington
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* LeadBassist: Teddy Gentry has written and produced several songs for other artists and gets lead vocal on several album cuts.



* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted with Teddy Gentry, who has written several songs for other artists and gets lead vocal on several album cuts.
11th Feb '16 3:20:44 PM MarkLungo
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"I Wanna Come Over" marked Alabama's first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, but it was the second of those two songs  the southern rock-fused "My Home's in Alabama," the homage to their home and the story of their struggles  that put them on the map. "My Home's in Alabama" peaked at No. 17, but it went a long way toward paving the band to superstardom and led to them signing with RCA Records. Even though "I Wanna Come Over" would all but become forgotten, it did provide the template for the other side of Alabama's musical style: the mellow pop-styled ballad, which would be used on the far-better known singles "Feels So Right," "There's No Way" and "Forever's As Far As I'll Go."

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"I Wanna Come Over" marked Alabama's first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, but it was the second of those two songs  the southern rock-fused "My Home's in Alabama," the homage to their home and the story of their struggles  that put them on the map. "My Home's in Alabama" peaked at No. 17, but it went a long way toward paving the band to superstardom and led to them signing with RCA Records.Creator/RCARecords. Even though "I Wanna Come Over" would all but become forgotten, it did provide the template for the other side of Alabama's musical style: the mellow pop-styled ballad, which would be used on the far-better known singles "Feels So Right," "There's No Way" and "Forever's As Far As I'll Go."
28th Jan '16 1:52:59 AM IlGreven
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* AmericanTitle: ''American Pride''
4th Jan '16 7:48:04 PM Heartland86
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*GettingCrapPastTheRadar: If you listen closely to the ending of "When We Make Love", you can hear Randy moaning softly as the keyboard is playing. This is left intact when it is played on the radio.


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*IntercourseWithYou: Most of their slow love songs are about sex, particularly "When We Make Love".
10th Nov '15 11:04:51 AM MarkLungo
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-->Just a novice in a business that's seldom what it seems.''

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-->Just a novice in a business that's seldom what it seems.''''
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10th Nov '15 10:57:20 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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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 to 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}} 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 to 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.
10th Nov '15 10:56:16 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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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 Owen and Gentry on to 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}} 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 Owen Cook and Gentry on to 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.
10th Nov '15 10:55:16 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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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), '''Teddy Gentry''' (bass, backing vocals; born January 22, 1952); '''Mark Herndon''' (drums; born May 11, 1955) rounded out the quartet for much of their career, 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''' (lead vocals, rhythm guitar; born December 1, 1949), '''Jeff Cook''' (lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals; born August 27, 1949), 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 career, existence, although three different drummers had played in the band before he joined in 1979.
10th Nov '15 10:52:00 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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A long-lasting CountryMusic band. For most of its career Alabama was composed of cousins '''Randy Owen''' (lead vocals, rhythm guitar; born December 1, 1949), Jeff Cook (lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals; born August 27, 1949), Teddy Gentry (bass, backing vocals; born January 22, 1952); and Mark Herndon(drums; born May 11, 1955) although three different drummers had played in the band before Herndon joined in 1979.

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A long-lasting CountryMusic band. For most of its career Alabama was composed of cousins three cousins; '''Randy Owen''' (lead vocals, rhythm guitar; born December 1, 1949), Jeff Cook '''Jeff Cook''' (lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals; born August 27, 1949), Teddy Gentry '''Teddy Gentry''' (bass, backing vocals; born January 22, 1952); and Mark Herndon(drums; '''Mark Herndon''' (drums; born May 11, 1955) rounded out the quartet for much of their career, although three different drummers had played in the band before Herndon he joined in 1979.
10th Nov '15 10:51:07 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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A long-lasting CountryMusic band. For most of its career Alabama was composed of cousins Randy Owen (lead vocals, guitar), Jeff Cook (keyboards, fiddle), Teddy Gentry (bass); and drummer Mark Herndon, although three different drummers had played in the band before Herndon joined in 1979.

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A long-lasting CountryMusic band. For most of its career Alabama was composed of cousins Randy Owen '''Randy Owen''' (lead vocals, guitar), rhythm guitar; born December 1, 1949), Jeff Cook (keyboards, fiddle), (lead guitar, keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals; born August 27, 1949), Teddy Gentry (bass); (bass, backing vocals; born January 22, 1952); and drummer Mark Herndon, Herndon(drums; born May 11, 1955) although three different drummers had played in the band before Herndon joined in 1979.



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.

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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.
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 Owen and Gentry on to 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.



* 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.

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* EpicRocking: "My Home's in Alabama" clocks in at 6:26, which is ''really freaking long'' for a country song.
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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.



* InvincibleHero: '''''ALMOST EVERYTHING''''' they released in the 1980s was a No. 1 hit. Out of 27 singles released from 1980-1989, all but two hit the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Exceptions were their first hit of the decade, 1980's "My Home's in Alabama" (still their SignatureSong) and 1987's "Tar Top" (a No. 7 hit that was another homage to their musical roots).

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* InvincibleHero: '''''ALMOST EVERYTHING''''' they released in the 1980s was a No. 1 hit. Out of 27 singles released from 1980-1989, all ''all but two two'' hit the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Exceptions were their first hit of the decade, 1980's "My Home's in Alabama" (still their SignatureSong) and 1987's "Tar Top" (a No. 7 hit that was another homage to their musical roots).



* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jeff and Teddy sang on several album cuts.

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



* TickTockTune: A tick-tock effect is heard during the line "shaking hands with the clock" on "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)".

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* TickTockTune: A tick-tock effect is heard during the line "shaking hands with the clock" on "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)".Why)".
* WideEyedIdealist: Young Randy was this back before the Wildcountry days.
-->''I got a gig down at The Bowery, I played for tips and watered drinks
-->Just a novice in a business that's seldom what it seems.''
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