Trivia / Alabama

  • Chart Displacement: "My Home's in Alabama" remains one of their most popular songs despite only hitting #17, and is still better known than several of their huge list of #1 hits. "Christmas in Dixie" is also very popular despite only reaching #35, but that's par for the course for a Christmas single. On the flip side, "Jukebox in My Mind" is their longest lasting #1 hit at four weeks, but is not as iconic as, say, "Mountain Music", "Song of the South", or "Love in the First Degree". But this is because charts in The '80s were determined by submission of radio playlists, thus making it difficult for songs to stay at #1 for more than a single week; in January 1990, the country charts changed to the far more accurate method of digitally tracking airplay from monitored stations. Additionally, "Angels Among Us" remains one of their most popular songs despite only reaching #28.
  • Executive Meddling: According to Herndon, he was always treated as a hired hand more than a band member; he usually only played live, and they typically employed session drummers in-studio. Apparently the label just wanted to pitch them as a quartet. Also, he didn't play on any of their albums at all after In Pictures.
  • The Pete Best: The three different drummers before Mark Herndon (Bennett Vartanian until 1976; Jackie Owen for a few months in 1976; and Rick Scott until 1979).