‘Catch of the Holi-Day’ – Alabama – “Ain’t Santa Cool” [AUDIO]
It's Friday!!! And during the Holiday season, we reserve Fridays for a brand new Holiday Song that you haven't heard, but we think you'll want to hear it again. Today, a band founded by four cousins that became one of the most successful country acts of the 80's and 90's.
Cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook founded the group WildCountry in 1969, along with a fourth cousin, drummer Jackie Owen. After the cousins graduated high school, the quartet became a professional unit in 1972, and Jackie Owen left the group. The three remaining cousins carried on, self-producing a couple albums, borrowing money from a local bank to finance the projects. They performed across the southeast, and would wind up taking a job as the house band at The Bowery club in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The group routinely sent out demo tapes to record labels is Nashville. In 1976 the signed with GRT Records to a one-record deal. The label convinced the cousins to change the groups name to first The Alabama
Band and then simply Alabama for the release of their debut single, "I Want To Be With You Tonight" in 1977. But before the song could pick up any steam, GRT Records went bankrupt, and the single stalled at #78. One thing that did manage to make its way through bankruptcy was the non-compete clause in the group's contract, preventing them from recording for another label. They worked for more than 2 years to make enough money to buy out their initial contract.
The group managed, and in 1979 they were signed by RCA Nashville. An incredible partnership ensued, lasting until 2001 when the group "retired". The relationship with RCA spawned 22 studio albums, 2 live albums, 8 compilation albums, 2 holiday albums and 32 #1 singles. The
group disbanded in 2004 after completing their farewell tour. The wouldn't re-unite until Brad Paisley brought them together in 2011 for the single "Old Alabama", which would became the groups 33rd #1 single. Alabama earned #34 in 2016 as part of the Artists of Then, Now and Forever, who debuted at #1 with "Forever Country".
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the release of the group's legendary Holiday album Christmas in Dixie, and the release of their new Seasonal album American Christmas, we have the lead holiday single off of that new album. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton,
Alabama and "Ain't Santa Cool", our Catch of the Holi-Day, new holiday music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again and again.
Text today’s key word to 580 353-1013, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, presenting the Catch of the Day on Oklahoma’s Best Country KLAW101.
Today’s Key Word: “COOL”