Country Throwback: Alabama Performs Electrifying Rendition of ‘Fireworks’ for 1986 Special

by Joe Rutland
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Legendary country music band Alabama managed to turn on their guitar and vocal energy to play “Fireworks” as part of a 1986 TV special.

The band sings this song, which is a cut off of their 1985 album “40-Hour Week,” as part of CBS’ “My Home’s in Alabama” special. The show is focused on Alabama and is named after one of their songs. Other musical acts appearing on the special include The Charlie Daniels Band, Willie Nelson, Naomi Judd, and Wynonna Judd.

“40-Hour Week” is Alabama’s ninth studio album and included three No. 1 singles: “40 Hour Week (For A Livin’),” “There’s No Way,” and “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down.”

Here are the first two verses and chorus of “Fireworks.”

“Once I was cold but now I know how a fire works
I felt the flame, it drove me insane, fireworks
There was this lady soft as a gentle glow
She told me everything that she could show
About fireworks, she’s got fireworks

Now on the fourth of July by the riverside there was fireworks
And by her dark green eyes I was hypnotized by her fireworks
She lit a fuse in the dark of the night
Then I got off like dynamite
On her fireworks, she’s got fireworks

A million colors shooting ‘cross the sky
More than any man could fantasize
Oww, fireworks, she’s got fireworks, oww

Here’s Alabama singing “Fireworks.”

Alabama Rings in Century With ‘New Year’s Eve 1999’

Meanwhile, if there was ever a year to rival the weirdness of 2020, it has to be 1999. 

While many people looked forward to the new century, people were also fearful that the world would come to a disastrous end. Sound familiar?

Even if that was true, Alabama was here to lead the celebration. The band helped calm nerves when they performed the appropriately titled song New Year’s Eve 1999.”

The band turns the song into a soft, soothing tune, making it enjoyable to listen to even in 2020 and beyond. Even though it’s been two decades since its release, “New Year’s Eve 1999” remains a regular part of many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Penned by Nashville songwriter Gretchen Peters, her lyrics seamlessly captured the feeling of nervousness and anticipation in “New Year’s Eve 1999.” Surprisingly, Peters wrote the song years before its title date.

For years, Peters’ song went unrecorded. Finally, Alabama picked it up in 1996 in preparation for the new millennium.

The legendary country group released “NewYear’s Eve 1999” as the final track on their Christmas album titles, “Christmas Vol. II.” The band turned the decades-old song into an instant country classic.

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