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

Legendary country musician Jeff Cook sadly passed away.

The famous guitarist was a co-founding member of the country band Alabamaalongside his cousins, Randy Owen and gentleman teddy bear.

A group representative confirmed that I f died at the age of 73, at his vacation home in Destin, Florida, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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Tributes to I f flocked to social media, including a heartfelt from Kenny Chesney.

“Jeff Cook and all the guys in Alabama were so generous with wisdom and fun when I was able to tour with them as a young artist”, Kenny shared 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 gave me the heart to pursue that dream.

original name wild countryas Alabama the group achieved many milestones together, including eight number one songs, including “Tennessee River”, “Feels So Right”, and “Mountain Music”.

Their most famous songs are “Dixieland Delight”, “Song of the South” and “I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)”.

Alabama also achieved a rare feat by winning CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award for three consecutive years, in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

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