Multi-talented Alabama member Jeff Cook dead at age 73

Jeff Cook (courtesy The Group Alabama)

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Jeffrey Alan Cook (August 27, 1949 – November 7, 2022) was an American country music artist. He was best known for being a member of the band Alabama, in which he contributed to lead vocals, guitar, fiddle, piano and other musical instruments.

Cook toured in 2022 with Alabama for their 50th Anniversary tour. On April 11, 2017, Cook disclosed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years earlier. He stopped touring regularly with Alabama in 2018.  Cook died from complications of the disease in Destin, Florida, on November 7, 2022, at the age of 73.

LIFE AND CAREER

Jeffrey Alan Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, and was of English and Native American descent, Cook was a graduate of Fort Payne High School and Jacksonville State University. He obtained a broadcast engineer license three days after his fourteenth birthday, and worked at a local radio station as a disc jockey while still in high school.

Cook co-founded the band Wildcountry, along with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry, in 1972 (the name was changed to Alabama in 1977). He contributed lead as well as backing vocals, lead guitar, keyboard, and fiddle to the group’s productions. Since the band ceased active production and performance in 2004, Cook has formed the groups Cook & Glenn and the Allstar Goodtime Band, with which he performed.

In addition to his performance work, Cook founded Cook Sound Studios, Inc., in his native Fort Payne, and also established radio station WQRX-AM, which he later sold, in adjacent Valley Head, Alabama. Cook is also noted for his culinary endeavors, having operated a restaurant and marketed his own sauce.

Cook was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019.

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