About Alabama Co-Founder Jeff Cook’s Death After a 10-Year Parkinson’s Battle!
- Alabama’s guitar player Jeff Cook, who helped launch the band’s career with singles including “Song of the South” and “Dixieland Delight,” has passed away. He was 73. Numerous international country music stars have expressed their condolences.
- Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Cook came forward with the news in 2017. Band spokesperson Don Murry Grubbs says he passed away on Tuesday at his home in Destin, Florida.
- The group won five consecutive Entertainer of the Year ACM Awards from 1981–1985 and three consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year awards from 1982–1985. The year 2018 marked his final tour with Alabama.
- Fans quickly recognized Cook as the group’s primary instrumentalist; in addition to singing harmony with cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry, Cook also played guitar and fiddle.
- “Everything he achieved was steeped in his deep love of music, a passion he shared with millions,” the CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said.
- The group won five consecutive Entertainer of the Year ACM Awards from 1981–1985 and the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award for a three-year stretch from 1982 and 1985. In 2018, he ended his touring career with Alabama.
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