Alabama is a legendary country band.
The other day I was riding home in my rusty old S-10 pickup (I call him Rusty) and Alabama’s Love In The First Degree came on the classic country station. I realized Flashback Friday was coming up and I knew the song would be perfect.
Love In The First Degree probably started out like most country songs. I’m sure the guys sat down and decided to write about something. Perhaps they were thinking about writing a love song. Somewhere along the line the hook for love in the first degree came up as a play on words linking to what happens when you plead guilty to a crime. Somewhere in there came the vocal and musical hooks and the song probably came about.
That could be entirely wrong, but that’s how I’ll picture it 🙂
Anyway, Love In The First Degree is not only one of my favorite Alabama songs, but one of my favorite songs of all time period. The song is so unique and interesting. It makes you feel like you’re the one falling head over heels for a beautiful girl. That’s the kind of song that is special. It relates to people. It sounds familiar even though it’s a completely unique sounding song.
The song is a favorite of others as well. I can’t confirm and I can’t link to it, but I think I remember Dierks Bentley saying this song was one of if not his all time favorite songs.
Alabama had an influence on so many of today’s country artists. For a long time during the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s there really weren’t even popular bands in country music. Think back to songs of those eras. Can you think of a handful of popular bands? For whatever reason it was more popular to have a solo act backed by a really good band.
That all changed when Alabama hit the scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s. They paved the way for bands like Restless Heart, Blackhawk, Little Texas, Rascal Flatts and others.
Love In The First Degree is a special country song.
Love In The First Degree – Alabama