Alabama’s Teddy Gentry arrested on marijuana, paraphernalia charges

Teddy Gentry, a founding member of legendary country music band Alabama, was arrested Monday morning on misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges, according to jail records.

Gentry, 70, of Fort Payne was booked into the Cherokee County Jail at 10:38 a.m. and released at 11:06 a.m.

The jail log did not give bond amount. Details of the arrest were not immediately available.

Sheriff Jeff Shaver said the arrest was made during a traffic stop.

Alabama was formed in 1969 in Fort Payne as Wildcountry by Randy Owen, Gentry and Jeff Cook.

The band changed its name to Alabama in 1977 and became one of the most successful groups in country music, peaking in the 1980s with multi platinum albums and a slew of radio hits that included “Tennessee River,” “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “The Closer You Get,” “Song of the South,” “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” and many more.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.

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