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The hits kept coming for Alabama

Supergroup Alabama had several reasons to be proud on July 30, 1985 - several million, in fact. Three of their albums were recognized for sales far surpassing the one million mark.

The Closer You Get, featuring the title tune and "Dixieland Delight," was certified for sales of three million copies. That same record also won the Album of the Year award in 1983.

Even better news came from their Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums, as both celebrated sales of four million copies. Amazingly, both records stayed at the top of the sales charts for 28 weeks each. In 1998, the total for Mountain Music jumped to the five-million mark.

"We really tried to push the boundaries of our music," lead vocalist Randy Owen once commented about the band's recording success. "We constantly developed new arrangements without losing the feel of the song."

Bassist Teddy Gentry points to the band's commitment to picking great songs. "From an artist's standpoint, you have to look at what songs are the best ones available, regardless of who wrote them," Teddy says. "That's one thing that has kept Alabama where we're at."