The Big Wake Up With Don Chase and Sarah

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(L-R) Alabama's Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)

Let me take you back to the year 2009 and the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair. I remember the moment my WKML phone rang and fair board member Tom Taylor said, “Don, we got Jeff Cook.” I responded with, “Jeff Cook of Alabama?” Tom said yes.

The big night arrived and so did Jeff Cook and his All Star Band. What a great night for those attending The Robeson County Fair and for The BIG 957 WKML.

Shortly after that appearance, Jeff was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

You may have heard the sad news that guitar extraordinaire Jeff Cook, one of the founding members of the supergroup Alabama passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022. Jeff was 73.

One thing I did not know was that Jeff and his wife Lisa developed a foundation to assist those battling Parkinson’s. For more information or to donate, click here

  • 10-"Tennessee River" from 1980

  • 9-"My Home's In Alabama" from 1980

  • 8-"The Closer You Get" from 1983

  • 7-"Forty Hour Week (For A Livin')" from 1985

  • 6-"If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In the Band)" from 1984

  • 5-"Angels Among Us" from 1993

  • 4-"There's No Way" from 1985

  • 3-"Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" from 1984

  • 2-"Feels So Right" from 1981

  • 1-"Mountain Music" from 1982