Year of birth: 1969
Age: 46 years
Citizenship: United States
Alabama (Alabama), American country - rock band. One of the first group of new country-rock,made in 1980ies convincing commercial success and paved the way for an entire generation in the charts are stylistically close to the performers.
The group was organized in 1969 in Fort Payne (Alabama), composed of: Jeff Cook (real name Jeffrey Alan Cook (Jeffrey Alan Cook); p August 27, 1949, guitar, violin, vocals.),Randy Ewell Owen (Randy Yeull Owen, p 13 December 1949 ;. Guitar, vocals), Teddy Wayne Gentry (Teddy Wayne Gentry, p 22 January 1952 ;. Bass, vocals) and Jack Owen (Jackie Owen, p 1952 ;. Drums). Four members of the group were cousins ??, born in Fort Payne and lived in the neighborhood.At the weekend of a group called YOUNG COUNTRY performed in a local park recreation Canyonland, and in the evenings to play at dances or accompanied a visiting artists. The decision to quit his job and become professionals they took shape in 1973. Jackie did not like it and he stayed home. The three remaining moved to the town of Myrtle Beach,South Carolina, where the new drummer Scott Rich (Rich Scott) joined them. The new composition YOUNG COUNTRY themselves began to write songs, play regularly in local clubs and recorded from time to time. At the same time they have a new, quite patriotic name ALABAMA. After three singles that they released on their own money,the group signed a contract with GRT Records.Their first "sorokapyatka" for GRT I Want To Be With You hit the country charts TOP100, however, these singles are not even able to repeat this result. ALABAMA parted from Myrtle Beach and Scott - he was replaced by Joel Mark Herndon (Mark Joel Herndon, p May 11, 1955, in Springfield, Mass.),I moved to Dallas and began to write for a local company MDJ, where they met with renowned producer from Nashville Harold Shedd, who helped them to find their own sound: the style of the group was formed under the influence of roots music traditions and their past musical experience - suffice it to say, that unlike most country artists,ALABAMA cost the studio exclusively on their own, without inviting other musicians, and was up to date on the pop market. The single I Wanna Come Over (1980) was the 32nd in the country music charts, and My Home`s In Alabama - 17th. The group immediately noticed RCA, the first single for which the Tennessee River led the country lists,and released after the album My Home`s In Alabama received a "gold record". Starting from the next album for RCA, ALABAMA Group confidently confirms the reputation of mega - Celler six of her albums in a row received "platinum certification" and Why Lady Why in 1980, Old Flame, Feel So Right and Love In The First Degree in 1981Mountain Music and Close Enough To Perfect in 1982, The Closer You Get and Dixieland Delight in 1983, When We Make Love and Roll On Eighteen Wheeler in 1984, 40 Hour Week in 1985 were country hits. Several rooms are held and pop - lists
ALABAMA but overall progress in the general section of the charts was quite modest.The authors of most of the rooms were Owen and Gentry. Since 1987 studio group activity has declined markedly, although they are still a lot and toured relentlessly. From 1980 to 1984, they invariably became "Country Group of the Year", receiving the title of "Artist of the Year" by the Association of kantri-music,and in 1989 he was recognized as the best band of the 80s and created a precedent that helped such groups as the ATLANTA and BANDANA penetrate the pop market, and the group EXILE, on the contrary, to achieve success in the world of country music. With the return to the country -pop market in the early 90s ALABAMA again began to flicker in the charts. Their new album (including Pass It On Down and American Pride) ranks high on the list, and the song Hometown Honeymoon in 1993 became a pop hit. Their next drive Twentieth Century was released in 1999 and included the song God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You,for which the band was nominated for the Academy kantri-Music (Academy of Country Music Award) in the "Vocal Event of the Year" category.
Wild Country (GRT, 1977) Deuces Wild (GRT, 1978) Alabama 3 (MDJ, 1979) My Home`s In Alabama (RCA, 1980) Feels So Right (RCA, 1981) Mountain Music (RCA, 1982) The Closer You Get. .. (RCA,1983) Roll On (RCA, 1984) 40 Hour Week (RCA, 1985) Greatest Hits (RCA, 1986) Just Us (RCA, 1987) Alabama Live (RCA, 1988) Pass It On Down (RCA, 1991) American Pride (RCA, 1993) In The Beginning (RCA, 1994) Greatest Hits, Vol. II (RCA, 1994) Greatest Hits, Vol. III (RCA, 1994) In Pictures (RCA, 1995) Super Hits (RCA,1996) Dancin` on the Boulevard (1997) Twentieth Century (1999) Andrew Burlaka