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Sept. 9: Alabama brought a rock attitude to country. Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook of Fort Payne, Ala., and Massachusetts-born Mark Herndon, weren’t merely a singing group — they were a band, whose concerts were high-powered shows. They broadened country and became one of the most successful American acts of all time in any genre.

“Old Flame” (1981) highlights their traditional side and was a departure from the Southern rock underpinnings of their first few hits. The third in a string of 21 straight No. 1 country singles from 1980 to 1987, it’s my favorite song on the album Feels So Right. (Complete discography here.)

Alabama was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

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