Alabama has built a legendary career by combining country music with southern rock, gospel, and pop. This blend of influences enabled them to achieved country and mainstream success.
In a recording career that started in 1976, Alabama has sold more than 75 million records. They’ve also charted more than 32 number one singles on the main country chart.
Alabama consists of lead singer and guitarist Randy Owen, lead guitarist Jeff Cook, and bassist Teddy Gentry. The band has gone through numerous drummers over the years.
Also, their original name wasn’t “Alabama.” It was “Wildcountry.” They changed their name to “Alabama Band” in 1977. It was later shortened to “Alabama.”
One of the things most people associate with Alabama is Randy Owen’s beard. The Alabamian has a thick, dark beard and long dark hair. His style is unmistakable and iconic.
Another thing most people associate with Alabama is their tremendous success. Part of it has already been enumerated in this article, but in the 1980s they released a total of 26 singles. All but two peaked at number one.
Their first single of the decade, "My Home's in Alabama," stalled at 17, and “Tar Top,” from 1987, went no further than number seven.
In the 1990s, they added four more number one singles to their resume as well as 17 top ten hits. Despite this amazing success, their popularity actually declined—then again, it couldn’t go anywhere but down.
In 1999, Alabama released their 18th studio album, 20th Century. One of the tracks on that opus is “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You.” It’s a song they cut with ‘N Sync. Critics accused them of pandering and trying to say relevant. “A Little More Time on You” was Alabama’s last top ten song of their career…
…however, they did return to the top of the country singles chart in 2011 thanks to singing on Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama.”
They continued to fall out of favor in 21st century. In 2006, after selling Alabama tickets to a farewell tour, they finally decided to break up…
…however, they returned in 2011 after Owen kicked prostate cancer.
In 2013, a reunited Alabama toured to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Then they embarked on “The Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea,” which was a short pleasure cruise around the Bahamas.
Alabama has won more than 200 major awards. That includes two Grammy Awards and 18 American Music Awards. They also have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.