One of Alabama’s greatest hits was released in December 1985. “She and I” marked another chart-topper hit for the band. The track highlighted the group’s talent for delivering upbeat sounds. Critics agreed that it’s a showcase of a stream of unique sound coming from the Country-Hall-of-Famer band. The echo of each snare drum beat would make any listener stand on his feet and move with the rhythm. Its false ending, which is compared with Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” gave the song an interesting twist.

Watch this video to further understand what I am talking about.

Alabama and their Legacy

For almost five decades, the Alabama band continue to mark an influence on generations of Country stars. Their sparkling harmonies, irresistible stage presence, and world-class songwriting made them more than just superstars. They broadened the Country’s audience and opened the door to self-contained bands that significantly changed the music genre.

So far, no group in the Country music has reeled off 21 straight number one singles, only Alabama. Their career journey that brought youthful energy, sex appeal, and a rocking edge has sold over 73 million album copies. They are the figures that complete the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Members of the country band "Alabama" pose with their Award of Merit at the 30th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, January 13, 2003. From left are Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Mark Herndon

Members of the country band “Alabama” pose with their Award of Merit at the 30th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, January 13, 2003. From left are Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Mark Herndon./ Reuters

Alabama’s Philanthropy

The trio doesn’t just share good music, they also spearhead outreach activities. For 15 years, beginning 1982, they have sponsored the June Jam, a music festival in Fort Payne that raised millions for local charities. Also for Fort Payne charities, the band led “Fan Appreciation Days” held during weekends that include gulf tournament and songwriters concert. Owen headed an annual country radiothon named “Country Cares for Kids” that raised over 70 million. The proceeds benefited the St. Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.

The Multi-Grammy Award-winning country band is now on the move again to perform for a good cause. They are currently selling tickets for their concert for a cause on September 26 this year. The net proceeds will benefit the March 2018 tornado casualties,  Jacksonville and the JSU campus.

Alabama benefit concert poster

Alabama benefit concert/ jsugamecocksports.com

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