On This Day: Alabama Releases No. 1 Single ‘Fallin’ Again’ in 1988

by Emily Morgan
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On this day, 33-years-ago Alabama dropped another No. 1 single when they released the hit song, “Fallin’ Again.” The group released the song on Mar. 28, 1988, as the third and final single from their 11th studio album, Just Us. 

Written by Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Greg Fowler, it became an international hit in the U.S. and Canada. It quickly sailed to the top of Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart in the states. 

The full-length version of “Fallin’ Again” clocks in around just under eight minutes, making it one of the group’s longest tracks. The song comes to a close with a nearly four-minute-long jam session before ending with Owen saying, “We quit, man.”

The shorter version, included on LP, runs at 3:58. Alabama removed half of the intro, and the lyric “I fall in and again” is deleted from each refrain. The condensed version appears on many of the band’s compilation albums, including Greatest Hits Vol. II and For the Record.

The version that made it to the charts clocks in at 3:33 and was edited differently from the full-length version. The single’s edit is available on the 1996 Legendary Country Singers compilation.

Alabama Back on the Road for 50th Anniversary Tour

After canceling 26 shows in 2019 as Owen dealt with vertigo and migraines, the group is now back on the road for their 50th Anniversary Tour.

With 20 upcoming dates, the group is eager to get back to performing for their loyal fans. However, in addition to Owen’s migraines, the group also had to overcome COVID-19 protocols. 

Their South Carolina stop — which the group had scheduled for Apr. 24, has now been postponed for Jan. 21, 2022. On Mar. 15, the band announced that they would be unable to stop in Columbia, SC, as the arena will have to follow public health officials’ guidance regarding the pandemic. However, fans who purchased a ticket for the initially scheduled date will be honored on the new performance date. 

Despite the setback, the band will continue to try and make their scheduled stops. According to their website, their next performance will be on Apr. 7 at the Fox Theater in Detroit, MI. Afterward, they move on to Columbus, Georgia, before heading to Minnesota. 

In addition, several special guests will perform alongside the band, including The Charlie Daniels Band, The Beach Boys, John Michael Montgomery, Don McLean, Restless Heart, and Martina McBride. 

The tour, which acts as a celebration of the band making music for 50 years, originally began in 2019 but was postponed halfway through. 

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