ALABAMA’s Jeff Cook passes away

Co-founded the wildly successful group from Fort Payne

DESTIN, Florida (WDEF) – A founding member of the group ALABAMA has died.

Guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook was 73.

Cook had been living with Parkinson’s disease since 2012.

The diagnosis wasn’t made public until 2017, when Cook’s health forced the group to scale back their touring schedule.

Cook died on Monday as his beach home in Destin, Florida.

He co-founded the ALABAMA band with cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry more than 50 years ago in Fort Payne.

They spent years touring southern bars before finally making it big in Nashville.

But when they first started landing hits in the 1980s, they went on to become the most successful band in country music history and landed in the Country Music Hall of Fame.


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