The Closer You Get – Alabama

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on July 30th of 1985 Alabama becomes the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the albums “Mountain Music” and “Feels So Right” are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. “The Closer You Get” goes triple-platinum. The title track from the LP “The Closer You Get” was written in 1980 by J.P. Pennington and Mark Gray, members of Exile. However, the song was not immediately recorded by Alabama. Two earlier versions were released as singles – the first by Exile (which failed to gain much attention) and singer Don King, whose version reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in October 1981. In addition, Rita Coolidge recorded the song for her 1981 album, Heartbreak Radio, and released her version as a single. Alabama’s version differed substantially from King’s acoustic version. According to country music writer Tom Roland, the song featured “distorted guitars, a more elaborate arrangement and an altered vocal sound.” The end result was Alabama’s 10th No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In addition, “The Closer You Get” registered enough airplay on Top 40 radio stations to peak at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. The LP was the seventh studio album by country music band Alabama, released in 1983. All three singles from this album — “The Closer You Get”, “Lady Down on Love” and “Dixieland Delight” — reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1983. The LP went on to be certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales in excess on 4 million copies.