Jeff Cook was an American musician and songwriter born on August 27, 1949, in Fort Payne, Alabama. Cook was best known as a member of the country music group Alabama. Together, they rose to fame with their unique sound and catchy hits. On November 8th, 2022, Jeff Cook passed away at the age of 73 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Early Years and Formation of Alabama
In 1969, Jeff Cook, along with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry, formed the band Young Country. Later on, Rick Scott joined the lineup, and they signed their first record deal with the now-defunct GRT Records. The label urged Jeff and the other group members to change their name to The Alabama Band. Soon after, the group shortened their name to Alabama and became the band audiences know and love today.
Alabama’s Rise to Fame
In 1977, Alabama released its debut studio album, Wild Country, which marked the beginning of their high-flying career. Over the years, the band went on to release 25 additional full-length records. Jeff Cook had a significant hand in writing some of their most popular hits, including Keep On Dreamin’, Lovin’ You is Killin’ Me, Pictures and Memories, and This Love’s On Me.
Jeff Cook’s Net Worth and Accolades
As a member of Alabama, Jeff Cook received numerous industry awards throughout his career. He was a two-time Grammy Award winner out of the band’s 11 nominations. In addition, he was also decorated with a Billboard Award, 15 ACM Awards, and 18 American Music Awards. Celebrity Net Worth estimated his fortune to be around $20million.
Jeff Cook’s Passing
On November 8th, 2022, Jeff Cook’s family announced his passing on social media. Jeff Cook died on Monday, November 7th, at his home in Destin, Florida, at the age of 73. Parkinson’s Disease attributed to his cause of death. Jeff first announced his diagnosis with the disease on April 11, 2017. In a statement to USA Today, Jeff disclosed his battle with Parkinson’s, writing that “This disease robs you of your coordination, your balance, and causes tremors. For me, this has made it extremely frustrating to try and play guitar, fiddle, or sing.”
Jeff Cook will always be remembered as a country music legend and a pivotal member of Alabama. His catchy tunes and musical talents will be missed by his fans and loved ones. Despite his passing, his legacy will continue to live on as his talents influenced generations of country musicians to come.