Fort Payne in DeKalb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
“The Boys From Fort Payne”
—2006 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee —
In 1973, in tandem with Randy Owen's graduation from Jacksonville State University, The Band said goodbye to their daytime jobs and part-time weekend gigs. Bravely, "Wildcountry", as the band was known, left their Lookout Mountain and Fort Payne roots and began perfecting their live performance skills in the club scene around coastal South Carolina playing such popular nightspots as the Bowery in Myrtle Beach.
In 1977 The Band changed it's name to the Alabama Band, and followed that in 1979 by adding drummer Mark Herndon, setting its sights on Nashville. After an appearance on the New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar in 1980 RCA's Joe Galante came back to his office raving about a young band he'd seen.
On April 21, 1980, Alabama signed with industry giant RCA. The label quickly pressed Alabama's autobiographical anthem "My Home's in Alabama" as a single. That May, RCA Records issued "Tennessee River" as the first No. 1 Alabama Hit. Starting
Alabama became, seemingly overnight a driving force in country music, essentially changing it forever. The Group began taking the genre in new directions and reaching out to an incredibly diverse fan base, many of who had never before listened to country music. A self-contained band that played their instruments and sang, Alabama influenced an entire generation of country groups along the way.
May 7th, 2006 Alabama was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Erected 2006 by City of Fort Payne, Alabama.
Location. 34° 26.598′ N, 85° 43.218′ W. Marker is in Fort Payne, Alabama, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Gault Avenue North (US Highway 11) and 4th Street, on the right when traveling north on Gault Avenue North (US Highway 11). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Payne AL 35968, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wills Town Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Sequoyah (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Payne’s Fort Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boom Town Historic District (about 500 feet away); Fort Payne Opera House (about 600 feet away); Main Street Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Payne.
Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on the band. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
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