Jeff Cook, co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at 73 - Albuquerque Journal

Jeff Cook, co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at 73

NEW YORK — Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the country 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 disease and disclosed his diagnosis in 2017. He died Tuesday at his home in Destin, Florida, said Don Murry Grubbs, a representative for the band.

Tributes poured in from country stars, including Travis Tritt who called Cook “a great guy and one heckuva bass fisherman,” and Jason Aldean, who tweeted: ” I got a chance to perform with him multiple times over the years and I will never forget 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 player and vocalist, Cook — alongside cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry — landed eight No. 1 songs on the country charts between spring 1980 and summer 1982, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame. That run included the pop crossover hits “Love In The First Degree” and “Feels So Right,” as well as “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 said in a statement. “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 five ACM Award Entertainer of the Year trophies from 1981-1985. He stopped touring with Alabama in 2018.

Cook released a handful of solo projects and toured with his Allstar Goodtime Band. He also released 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 song he co-wrote in 2015, “No Bad Days,” took on new meaning after his diagnosis. “After I got the Parkinson’s diagnosis, people would quote the song 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 know the support is there.”

Survivors include his wife, Lisa.

Home » Entertainment » Most Recent Entertainment News » Jeff Cook, co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at 73


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes
Most Recent Entertainment News
Netflix's trailblazing DVD-by-mail rental service has ... Netflix's trailblazing DVD-by-mail rental service has been relegated as a relic in the age of video streaming, but there is still a steady -- ...
2
Cartoonists honor 'Peanuts' creator in Saturday funny pages
Most Recent Entertainment News
Cartoonists across the nation are celebrating ... Cartoonists across the nation are celebrating the 100th birthday of 'Peanuts' creator Charles M. Schulz as only they can -- with cartoons. More than ...
3
Reality TV's Chrisleys get hefty sentences in fraud case
Most Recent Entertainment News
Reality TV stars Todd and Julie ... Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms after being convicted earlier this year on charges including bank ...
4
Taylor Swift angry for fans in Ticketmaster meltdown
Most Recent Entertainment News
Swifties, your girl has spoke on ... Swifties, your girl has spoke on the Ticketmaster meltdown. Taylor Swift posted a story Friday on Instagram expressing her anger and frustration over the ...
5
Happy hygge! Scrabble dictionary adds hundreds of words
More News
Here's the sitch, Scrabble stans. Your ... Here's the sitch, Scrabble stans. Your convos around the board are about to get more interesting with about 500 new words and variations added ...
6
Roberta Flack has ALS, now 'impossible to sing,' rep ...
Most Recent Entertainment News
A representative for Roberta Flack announced ... A representative for Roberta Flack announced Monday that the Grammy-winning musician has ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and can no longer sing. ...
7
Alec Baldwin sues to 'clear his name' in movie ...
ABQnews Seeker
Saying he wants to clear his ... Saying he wants to clear his name, Alec Baldwin on Friday sued people involved in handling and supplying the loaded gun that he was ...
8
Famed painting 'The Scream' targeted by climate activists
Most Recent Entertainment News
Norwegian police said two climate activists ... Norwegian police said two climate activists tried in vain Friday to glue themselves to Edvard Munch's 1893 masterpiece 'The Scream' at an Oslo museum ...
9
Jeff Cook, co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at ...
Most Recent Entertainment News
Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the ... Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the country group Alabama and steered them up the charts with such hits as 'Song of the South' and ...