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"Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get" were both recorded by Exile back in that band's pop-rock era. (Incidentally, Exile would escape its One-Hit Wonder status by reinventing itself as a country music band somewhat in Alabama's image.)
"Touch Me When We're Dancing" was first a hit for a Muscle Shoals studio band called... wait for it... Bama. It was covered up by The Carpenters before Alabama covered them up.
Two versions of "Song of the South" had barely scraped the charts before Alabama's: one by Johnny Russell, and another by Tom T. Hall (as a duet with Earl Scruggs).
"In Pictures" was first recorded by Linda Davis.
Seasonal Rot: Many fans think that their sound got tired around Just Us in 1987 (their last album with Harold Shedd as producer, and the album that produced their only non-#1 hit of the 1980s, the highly egotistical track "Tar Top").