Alabama is one of the greatest bands of any genre, let alone country music, after ringing in over 30 number one hits and 75 million records sold. You know them from their hit country songs “Angels Among Us,” “Love in the First Degree,” and “Mountain Music.”
They were officially made legends back in 2005 when Alabama was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then, the group has remained active both on the road and in the studio after the release of their most recent album, Southern Drawl, back in 2015.
It turns out, the band consisting of lead singer Randy Owen, bass player and background vocalist Teddy Gentry, and lead guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook have been keeping a pretty big secret the last four years.
In an interview with The Tennessean, Cook broke his silence by announcing he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The Mayo Clinic calls Parkinson’s “a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.”
Why come out now after four years staying quiet? Because the disease has taken a significant toll on his body, so Cook has decided he will no longer be touring with Alabama starting on April 29.