Jeff Cook, guitarist and co-founder of the band Alabama, died at the age of 73


Jeff Cook, one of the original members of the country band Alabama, has died, according to the group’s representative, Don Murry Grubbs. He was 73 years old.

Cook died Monday at his vacation home in Destin, Florida, “with his family and close friends by his side,” according to a press release and a statement posted on the band’s social media accounts. Cook, the statement added, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012.

A guitarist and co-founder of Alabama, Cook also played violin and other musical instruments for the band. He is credited with “introducing the double-neck electric guitar to country music,” the release said.

He was inducted into the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019 and is also a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame.

Over the course of his country music career as part of Alabama, Cook sold 80 million albums and peaked at No. 43. 1 times

The band enjoyed 13 Grammy nominations and two wins: back-to-back trophies in 1983 and 1984 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Mountain Music” and “The Closer You Get,” respectively.

Cook, a native of Fort Payne, Ala., is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lisa Cook, his mother Betty and his brother David, among other family members.

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