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05.22.08
FORT PAYNE HONORS ALABAMA BAND WITH STATUES

Larger-than-life bronze statues of Country Music Hall of Fame superstars Alabama will be dedicated during a ceremony at City Park in downtown Fort Payne on June 7th. Government officials, music business executives, friends, fans, and family members will assemble to honor the band. The public is cordially invited to attend the dedication ceremony, which begins at 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Three members of the group grew up in Fort Payne, and all four of them have ived in the Fort Payne area throughout most of their mutual career. “We’re extremely proud that their home has been in Alabama,” says Fort Payne City council President Johnny Eberhart. “We wanted to carve that pride in stone.” During a stellar career that lasted over thirty years, the band produced 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and 42 number one singles, selling over 73 million records. Alabama has received over 150 industry awards including 8 country music "Entertainer of the Year" honors, 2 Grammys, 2 People's Choice Awards and their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They were named the "Artist of the Decade" by the Academy of Country Music in 1989 and "Country Group of the Century" by the Recording Industry Association of
America in 1999. They have entertained millions of loyal fans.

The corner of Fort Payne City Park at Gault Avenue and 4th Street Northeast is being prepared for the statues. Sandstone, limestone and reclaimed Fort Payne boom-era bricks are being utilized. The entire park is currently being renovated to enhance the overall visitor experience. Eberhart and Mayor Bill Jordan are directing the park improvements and statue installation.

“We want Alabama’s fans to join us in Fort Payne for this very special day,” added Mayor Jordan. For additional information, contact City Clerk Jim McGee, (256) 845-1524 cityhall@fortpayne.org



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