Country Throwback: Alabama Performs at AMA Awards for First Time with ‘Mountain Music’ in 1982

by Joe Rutland

Alabama set so many records that the list is breathtaking. Looking back, country music fans can watch an early TV appearance for the super-group.

Back in 1982, Alabama got to perform at The American Music Awards. The group sang “Mountain Music,” which is off of their album of the same name. “Mountain Music” received Album of the Year accolades from, among others, Radio & Records, Cashbox Programmers Choice Awards, and Music City News.

Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook found themselves on stage in front of both fans and fellow musicians on this night.

Here’s Alabama performing one of their many No. 1 hit songs.

Their work is still respected, even after 40 years since Owen, Gentry, and Cook left Fort Payne, Ala., for a summer of playing at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Much of the band’s success came in the 1980s. Alabama had 21 consecutive No. 1 singles and sold 73 million albums (and that number continues to rise). They earned spots in the Country Music Hall of Fame and on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band also garnered quite a bit of success in the ’90s and still remains relevant today. Flip on a country radio station and you are likely to hear an Alabama hit at some point.

Jason Aldean Recalls Seeing Alabama Perform As A Teen

For Alabama, they didn’t realize a future country music singer was sitting in that Myrtle Beach bar’s audience.

Jason Aldean looks back on watching the group and idolizing Owen as a 19-year-old. He shared a little flashback moment with his followers on Twitter.

Aldean has seen his own share of success in the country music ranks.

In his career, he has released nine albums and 35 singles, with 22 of those singles climbing to the top of country music charts. Aldean recently performed at the CMA Awards show and ceremony, where he paid tribute to Charlie Daniels.