Ft. Payne is home to Alabama Fan Club and Museum
by Patsy Body
Oxford
Dec 11, 2013 | 1317 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo: Special to The Star
Photo: Special to The Star
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In 1973, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook left Ft. Payne, Ala., and began a meteoric rise to fame as the group, Alabama. the first place they played was The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Their career would span the next forty years and include 42 number one songs and numerous awards including induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

In April, 2013, Alabama began their “Back to the Bowery tour” to honor their forty years in the music industry. The tour ended in Birmingham in November.

The town of Ft. Payne erected these life-size bronzes of all the group members in appreciation for all they have done for their hometown.

Also in town is the Alabama Fan Club and Museum that traces the career of the group and houses many of their personal items including outfits, awards, gold and platinum records. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
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