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Alabama Co-Founder Jeff Cook Dies At 73

Jeff Cook, co-founder of Alabama, passed away Monday. Cook and cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry formed the band Wildcountry in 1972, which became Alabama in 1977. Multi-talented, he provided vocals, lead guitar, keyboard and fiddle to the band’s sound. Cook was most known for playing the double necked guitar in live shows.

Alabama scored 41 number one hits, including “Dixieland Delight,” “Song Of The South,”and “Mountain Music.” The band won over 200 awards, including three consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year trophies and five ACM Entertainer of the Year awards. Cook was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019, and Alabama is a 2005 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. Jeff Cook was 73.

Source: Tennessean