Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

Jeff Prepare dinner, founding member and legendary guitarist of the supergroup ALABAMA, has died.

Prepare dinner, a member of the Nation Music Corridor of Fame, Musicians Corridor of Fame, Fiddlers Corridor of Fame and Gibson’s Guitarist of the 12 months, handed away peacefully yesterday, November 7, together with his household and shut pals by his facet at his seaside dwelling in Destin, Florida. He was 73.

The multi-award successful guitarist was identified with Parkinson’s illness in 2012. Prepare dinner was a champion in all he tried and he courageously confronted his battle with a constructive perspective.

Jeffrey Alan Prepare dinner was born in Fort Payne, Alabama on August 27, 1949. He started taking part in lead guitar and keyboards in bands on the age of 13. Securing a broadcast license solely three days after his 14th birthday, Prepare dinner went to work as a disc jockey at an area Fort Payne radio station. The published bug had entered his blood and later resulted in him proudly owning radio and TV stations.

After graduating from Fort Payne Excessive Faculty, Prepare dinner obtained a level in Digital Know-how from Gadsden State Group Faculty in Gadsden, Alabama and was named “Excellent Alumni” by the American Affiliation of Group Faculties. Prepare dinner liked that radio mixed two of his favourite issues, music and electronics.

Alabama’s Jeff Prepare dinner; Photograph Offered

One among Prepare dinner’s lifelong desires got here true with the development of Prepare dinner Sound Studios and his dwelling, “Prepare dinner Fort,” based mostly in Fort Payne. The studio was a manner for him to assist musicians share their music with others. Exterior of music, one in every of his favourite hobbies was bass fishing. He was proud to be an official “Fishing Ambassador” to the state of Alabama, as proclaimed by 5 Governors.

Prepare dinner is credited for introducing the electrical double neck guitar to nation music. He was additionally an completed musician with the flexibility to play piano, guitar, fiddle, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin and the rest thrown in entrance of him.

He married the love of his life, Lisa Williams, on June 9, 1995. The Cooks resided in “Prepare dinner Fort” atop Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, AL, Guntersville, AL and Destin/Miramar Seashore, FL.

As a member of ALABAMA, Prepare dinner loved one of the crucial profitable careers in nation music historical past. Over 50 years in the past, Prepare dinner, together with cousins Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen, left Fort Payne to spend the summer season taking part in music in a Myrtle Seashore, South Carolina bar known as The Bowery. It took Prepare dinner, Gentry and Owen six lengthy years of tip jars and word-of-mouth to earn the main label deal they’d been dreaming of. Then, seemingly no time in any respect to vary the face of nation music eternally. Prepare dinner’s iconic guitar licks, distinctive fiddle model, distinctive vocals and concord, alongside together with his bandmates, went on to promote 80 million albums and charted 43 No. 1 hits, turning into the largest group within the historical past of the nation style.

Alabama’s Jeff Prepare dinner; Photograph Offered

Attributable to Prepare dinner’s well being battle, he ceased touring with ALABAMA in 2018. Along with his encouragement and nicely needs, ALABAMA went on as a result of Prepare dinner by no means wished “the music to cease or the get together to finish.”

Along with his profound need to assist others, The Jeff and Lisa Prepare dinner Basis was shaped together with The Jeff and Lisa Prepare dinner Youngsters’s House to deal with orphaned youngsters worldwide, beginning within the Philippines.

Prepare dinner is survived by his spouse of 27 years Lisa Prepare dinner, beloved puppies Blazer and Blakely, his mom Betty Prepare dinner, his brother David Prepare dinner, Crystal Prepare dinner, his father-in-law Jerrial Williams, his brother-in-law Randy Williams and plenty of nieces and nephews. Prepare dinner was pre-deceased by his father James Prepare dinner and his mother-in-law, JoAnn Williams.

Alabama’s Jeff Prepare dinner; Photograph Offered

Jeffrey Alan Prepare dinner will all the time be glad about his loving household, many shut pals and particularly… his FANS.

In lieu of flowers, the household has requested donations be made to THE JEFF AND LISA COOK FOUNDATION:

P.O. BOX 680067, Fort Payne, AL 35968 or by way of the inspiration web site: thejeffandlisacookfoundation.org

Preparations for Prepare dinner’s “Celebration of Life” will likely be introduced at a later date.

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