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Alabama Co-Founder Jeff Cook Dies at 73

Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the profitable nation group Alabama and steered them up the charts with such hits as “Song of the South” and “Dixieland Delight,” has died. He was 73.

Cook had Parkinson’s illness and disclosed his analysis in 2017. He died Tuesday at his residence in Destin, Florida, stated Don Murry Grubbs, a consultant for the band.

Tributes poured in from nation stars, together with Travis Tritt who referred to as Cook “a great guy and one heckuva bass fisherman,” and Jason Aldean, who tweeted: ” I acquired an opportunity to carry out with him a number of occasions through the years and I’ll always remember it.” Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, added: “Everything he did was rooted in his deep love of music, a love he shared with millions.”

As a guitarist, fiddle participant and vocalist, Cook — alongside cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry — landed eight No. 1 songs on the nation charts between spring 1980 and summer time 1982, in keeping with the Country Music Hall of Fame. That run included the pop crossover hits “Love In The First Degree” and “Feels So Right,” in addition to “Tennessee River” and “Mountain Music.”

“Jeff Cook, and all of the guys in Alabama, were so generous with wisdom and fun when I got to tour with them as a young artist,” Kenny Chesney stated in an announcement. “They showed a kid in a T-shirt that country music could be rock, could be real, could be someone who looked like me. Growing up in East Tennessee, that gave me the heart to chase this dream.”

The band had a three-year run as CMA Entertainer of the Year from 1982-1985 and earned 5 ACM Award Entertainer of the Year trophies from 1981-1985. He stopped touring with Alabama in 2018.
Cook launched a handful of solo initiatives and toured together with his Allstar Goodtime Band. He additionally launched collaborations with Charlie Daniels and Star Trek star William Shatner. He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 as a member of Alabama.

A track he co-wrote in 2015, “No Bad Days,” took on new that means after his analysis. “After I acquired the Parkinson’s analysis, individuals would quote the track to me and say, ‘No bad days,’” Cook told The Tennessean in 2019. “They write me letters, notes and emails and they sign ‘No Bad Days.’ I do know the assist is there.”

Survivors embrace his spouse, Lisa.



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