Teddy Gentry Biography – Teddy Gentry Wiki
Teddy Gentry is a founding member of and bass player for the country music group Alabama. Gentry and lead singer Randy Owen founded Alabama — then called Wild Country — in 1969 in Fort Payne. Lead guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook joined the group soon after. The band changed its name to Alabama in 1977 and went on to sell more than 70 million albums.
The band 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.
Gentry was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in November 2005 along with his partners in Alabama. As part of his acceptance speech, Gentry remarked, “Being put into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the greatest achievement of Alabama’s career. I am moved and honored to be in the elite company of my heroes.”
The group said it was retiring from the road and staged a farewell tour in 2007, but has since returned to performing. They continue to play shows and make appearances, particularly through Randy Owen’s charitable efforts with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Teddy Gentry Arrest
On Monday, Sep. 13, 2022, founding member of country music group Alabama, Teddy Gentry, was arrested. He was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge and was booked into the Cherokee County Jail in northeast Alabama. He was released about a half hour later. Gentry was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Don Murry Grubbs, a spokesman for the band, told The Associated Press he was aware of the incident but Gentry had no immediate comment.
Sheriff Jeff Shaver told al.com that the arrest was made during a traffic stop.
Teddy Gentry Age
He was born Teddy Wayne Gentry on January 22, 1952 in Fort Payne, Alabama. He is 70 years old (2022).
Teddy Gentry Wife
Is Teddy Gentry married? He is married to Linda Gentry. They have two children, son Josh Gentry and daughter Sally Gentry.
Teddy Gentry Family
He, and his wife, Linda, have two children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Musician Teddy Gentry’s Net Worth
Teddy Gentry’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Teddy Gentry Farm
After receiving his first check from RCA records in 1980 for $61,000, he purchased 60 acres from his grandfather, which he called Bent Tree Farms. On where the farm’s name came from, Gentry said:
“My son Josh [ Gentry] was in the second or third grade. One night we were going over rhymes, we had rhymed several words and suddenly I said our last name — Gentry. To which he replied, Bent Tree. I was telling one of the boys working on the farm the next day about my son’s saying Bent Tree. He replied, ‘You know what a bent tree is?’ I said, ‘no.’”
“He said, ‘In Oklahoma, where I used to live, there were Bent Trees that the Indians would bend over when the trees were small and tie them to the ground, to point the direction the tribe was moving at the time.’”
“I contacted a lady at the Alabama Historical Society who told me there were bent trees along the top of Lookout Mountain and Little River Canyon where our farm is. When we found out this information, we decided to change the name of the farm to Bent Tree Farms.”
Bent Tree Farms is the home of the South Poll breed. Gentry started the South Poll breed in 1989 when he got the idea to genetically combine the best traits of four maternal Bos Taurus breeds to form a more heat tolerant animal that would work for his cattle operation. The South Poll is a four way cross of Hereford, Red Angus, Senepol, and Barzona. He wanted an animal with a gentle disposition and would produce tender beef on grass.