Singers pick songs to record for various reasons but according to Alabama's Randy Owen - the group picked their 1980 number one : "Why Lady Why" to record for several reasons.
First of all - they were sure the song was a hit - since they had been
performing it in concert for several years and receiving terrific audience response - plus - the group loved the song's musical arrangement - plus - the group needed a change in material!
Owen commented: "It was time for us to change directions with our material to keep from being stereotyped of only singing songs about rivers and states."
The song was co-written by Alabama's bass player Teddy Gentry and Rick Scott - who was the group's drummer at the time.
Alabama recorded "Why Lady Why" at Music Mill Recoding Studios in Nashville. It came on the country music charts September 20th, 1980 and was at the top of the list on December 13th.
it was their 5th charted single and their 2nd number one.
Story cred: Doug Davis: www.countrymusicclassics.comAlabama - Why Lady Why