Jeff Cook, A Co-founder Of Alabama And A Guitarist, Died At The Age Of 73
Jeff Cook, co-founder of the country group Alabama has died. He was 73 years old. Guitarist Jeff Cook has died. He was a co-founder of the popular country group Alabama and helped them get to the top of the charts with songs like “Song of the South” and “Dixieland Delight.” He was 73.
Cook had Parkinson’s disease, which he talked about in 2017. Don Murry Grubbs, a band representative, said that he died on Tuesday at his home in Destin, Florida. Travis Tritt, another country star, said that Cook was “a great guy and one heck of a bass fisherman.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame says that between the spring of 1980 and the summer of 1982, Cook and his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry had eight No. 1 songs on the country charts. Cook played guitar, fiddle, and sang. During that time, “Love in the First Degree,” “Feels So Right,” “Tennessee River,” and “Mountain Music” were all pop crossover hits.
Kenny Chesney said in a statement, “Jeff Cook and all the guys in Alabama were so helpful and fun when I got to tour with them when I was a young artist.” “They showed a kid in a T-shirt that country music could be rock, could be real and could be someone who looked like me. When I was a kid, I lived in East Tennessee, and that gave me the drive to go after this dream.”
From 1982 to 1985, the band won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award every year. From 1981 to 1985, they also won five ACM Awards for Entertainer of the Year. In 2018, he stopped going on tour with Alabama.
Cook put out a few solo albums and took his Allstar Goodtime Band on tour. He also worked with Charlie Daniels and “Star Trek” star William Shatner on some albums. As a member of Alabama, he got into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lisa, his wife, is one of the people who are still alive.
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