Alabama 3 is a band from England, not the US state of Alabama. In fact they often use the abbreviated moniker “A3” as there is already a band called Alabama who are actually from Alabama.
The unique name of the group points to the overall colorfulness of its members. Alabama 3 started off with the musicians listed below:
- Rob Spragg (also known by the name Larry Love)
- Jake Black (also called Wayne Love)
Jake Black passed away in 2019. And as of 2020 the other members of the band, include the following:
- Orlando Harrison
- Mark Sams
- Steve Finnerty
- Jonny Delafons
- Greg Fleming
- Be Atwell
- Nick Reynolds
- Aurora Dawn
Alabama 3’s music catalog dates back to 1996. The track they are best known for is a 1997 tune entitled “Woke Up This Morning“. Despite not being a hit in and of itself, it has made its way solidly into pop culture, as it was used as the opening song for the very-popular HBO series, “The Sopranos”. And interesting to note is that Queensbridge rapper Nas also sampled said track on one of his biggest hits, “Got Ur Self A…” (2001).