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A Tribute to Jeff Cook

by Georgann R. Fohner

On November 8, 2022, the country music industry lost a legend. Jeff Cook was 73 years of age when he succumbed to complications of Parkinson’s Disease. 

Best known for his work with the country music band, Alabama, Jeffrey Alan Cook was a talented artist. He was popular for playing the piano, fiddle, guitar, and occasionally lead vocals with the band. 

A Star is Born

He was born in Fort Payne, Alabama. Jeffrey Alan Cook was a descendant of Native American and English heritage. He worked as a disc jockey while attending high school after earning his license in broadcast engineering shortly after turning 14 years of age. After graduating from Fort Payne High School, he attended Jacksonville State University.

Accomplishments

In 1972, Jeff and his two cousins, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry formed the band, Wildcountry. It was later renamed in 1977 to Alabama. Cook performed with the band as lead as well as back-up vocals. He also played the fiddle, keyboard, and lead guitar with the band. 

In 2004, when Alabama stopped performing and production, he formed and performed with Cook & Glenn and the Allstar Goodtime Band. 

Jeff Cook was also the founder of Cook Sound Studios, Inc. Established in his home town of Fort Payne, where he also started the WQRX-AM radio station.

Music was not Cook’s only talent. He was also recognized for his abilities in the culinary arts. He  ran a restaurant and sold his own special sauce.  

In 2008, Cook endorsed Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, as a presidential candidate. 

In 2019, Jeff Cook was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. In addition, Cook was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. 

Awards Received as a Member of Alabama

On April 21, 1980, RCA records formed a contract in which the band Alabama agreed to and signed. A contract that would be the beginning of a fabulous career. Earning 21 albums both platinum and multi-platinum. Alabama also had 43 singles that reached the number one spot in addition to their over 78 million sold records. 

Alabama earned more than 150 awards within the country industry. These awards included 8 Country Music Association; 2 Grammys; Entertainer of the Year; and 2 People’s Choice Awards. The group Alabama even earned a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. 

Alabama had its own style of music. Combining a combination of Country, Soul, and Rock-n-Roll to win, in 1989, Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music. 

Jeff Cook and the band Alabama became one of the twenty best-selling performers. Selling more records than The Beatles and Elvis combined. 

He earned the Orville H. Gibson Award from the Gibson Guitar Company, as Guitarist of the Year in 2001. Cook and his band Alabama did a farewell tour in 2003. Restoring his performance, and enthusiasm in which he returned to the stage with the All-star Goodtime Band. 

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