Jeff Cook Dies: Co-Founder Of Superstar Country Band Alabama Was 73

Alabama’s co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Cook passed away on August 8 at the age of 73. He revealed in 2017 that he had Parkinson’s disease, from which he had been suffering. A member of the band, Don Murry Grubbs, verified that he died at his home in Destin, Florida.

Country music luminaries paid tribute to Jeff Cook, describing him as “a terrific guy and one heckuva bass fisherman” in a tweet from Travis Tritt. Jason Aldean also tweeted: “I got a chance to perform with him several times over the years and I will never forget it.” “Everything he achieved was steeped in his deep love of music, a passion he shared with millions,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

jeff cook’s life history

In Fort Payne, Alabama, where Cook was born in 1949, Alabama was founded in 1969 as Young Country. From their debut, “Tennessee River,” in 1980, through “Reckless,” in 1993, Alabama achieved an astonishing total of 32 No. 1 country songs. “Jukebox In My Mind,” “Feels So Right,” and “Love In The First Degree” are some of the other standout tunes. 51 of their songs made the Top 10, the latest being a 1999 cover of NSYNC’s “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You” with the pop group itself.

Two distinct best-of compilations, 1986’s Greatest Hits, and 1998’s For The Record, each certified five times platinum, were among the country group’s album accomplishments. With Mountain Music from 1982, they also achieved quintuple platinum, and three more albums achieved quadruple platinum.

jeff cook Winners of nine times CMA Awards

The group received nine CMA Awards in total, including three consecutive years as CMA Entertainer of the Year during their peak in 1982–1984. For three years running (1981–1983), they won the CMA awards with Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Album of the Year for The Closer You Get. In 2005, they received induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Alabama is the most decorated group in ACM Awards history and also received the Artist of the Decade Award for the 1980s. 2019 saw Cook’s admission to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

According to Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, “Few acts are more omnipresent in country music today than Alabama.” “Jeff played a key role in Alabama’s dynamic onstage persona and true country sound. I offer Jeff’s family, friends, and the band my sincere sympathies.

In a statement, Kenny Chesney stated, “Jeff Cook and all of the guys in Alabama were so generous with advice and fun when I got to tour with them as a young artist.” They demonstrated to a young person wearing a T-shirt that country music could be rock, could be genuine, and could be performed by someone who resembled me. My upbringing in East Tennessee has given me the courage to pursue my desire.

Jeff Cook

Cook performed with his All-Star Goodtime Band on tour and released a few solo albums. Along with William Shatner and Charlie Daniels, he also collaborated on albums. He was inducted into Alabama’s Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

“No Bad Days,” a song he co-wrote in 2015, acquired fresh significance in the wake of his prognosis. People would cite the song to me and say, “No bad days,” when I received the Parkinson’s diagnosis, Cook recalled to The Tennessean in 2019. “They address their letters, notes, and emails to me with the phrase “No Bad Days.” I am aware that there is assistance.

Jeff Cook Wife

Wane claims that Lisa Cook, Jeff’s wife of 27 years, is still alive. The full name of Jeff Cook is Jeffrey Alan Cook. In Alabama’s Fort Payne, he was born. Jeff is of Native American and English ancestry. Former Fort Payne High School student Jeff Cook. At Jacksonville State University, Jeff pursued his education. Three days after reaching the age of fourteen, he received his broadcast engineer licence.

Jeff Cook Family

According to Wane, Jeff Cook is survived by his mother Betty Cook and brother David Cook. He has the backing of his brother-in-law Randy Williams and father-in-law Jerrial Williams. His nieces and nephews were many. He had two dogs, Blazer and Blakely, and he loved pets. He was a disc jockey at a neighbourhood radio station while still a high school student.

Jeff Cook Daughter

According to reports, Jeff Cook was married and had a daughter. The daughter of Jeff Cook’s name and other information remain unknown. He supported Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, in his bid for the presidency in 2008. In Alabama, he appeared in public with the candidate. Jeff was honoured by the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019.