Alabama To Be Inducted Into Musicians Hall Of Fame
Members of the band say it’s one of the “greatest honors” they have ever received.
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Country supergroup Alabama was just announced as a 2019 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Additionally, the band will receive the organization’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
The members of Alabama, who have notched 43 No.1 singles as a band, were thrilled to hear the news.
“Getting the first Lifetime Achievement Award and going in the Musicians Hall of Fame is very humbling,” lead singer Randy Owen said. “I am thankful to be a musician, a singer, a songwriter and for being able to make a living through touring and recording for the last 50 years.”
His bandmate Teddy Gentry added, “To be in the Musicians Hall of Fame along with so many of my peers is one of the greatest honors we have ever received.”
Alabama’s Jeff Cook, the band’s fiddle and guitar player, was equally humbled saying, “This a great honor. I always thought of myself as a musician first.”
Alabama will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and officially be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame on October 22, 2019 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Tickets for the event will be available beginning August 2.
According to a press release additional Musicians Hall of Fame 2019 inductees include Felix Cavaliere, Steve Wariner, The Surfaris (Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller*, Ron Wilson*), Don Everly, The Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan*, Norbert Putnam, Terry Thompson, Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery, Joe South*, Reggie Young*), the Nashville A-Team – The Players (Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, John Hobbs, Brent Mason, Michael Rhodes), The Muscle Shoals Horns (Harrison Calloway, Ronnie Eades, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson), Owen Bradley*, Billy Sherrill and Bob Taylor. *awarded posthumously
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