Alabama At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
If you are a country music fan, then you have undoubtedly heard of the band Alabama. This group spent decades creating incredible music that intermingled the southern sounds of country and rock and roll. Cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry started playing music together in their hometown, Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969. A high school talent contest brought them their first recognition; their rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home” won them the $500 cash prize and a trip to the Grand Ole Opry.
After taking a break so that Owen and Cook could gain an education, they reunited in 1972 under the name “Wildcountry.” Afterwards, they began playing at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where they picked up drummer Mark Herndon. Later, they opened for the Doobie Brothers, an experience that encouraged them to work on a single album. The pair was joined by Jeff Cook, and the trio paid their dues working for tips as the house band at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach. In 1977, the group signed a recording contract with GRT, changed their name to Alabama, and commenced making country music history.