Unofficial nickname. Many people believe that it derives from the species of woodpecker - in reality, it arose from the yellow colour of the home-dyed uniforms that the Alabama troops wore during the Civil War.
The crimson St. Andrew's cross was patterned after the Confederate Battle Flag.
Historically a black university, Montgomery, Alabama
Joined union in 1819, quarter released in 2003
Commissioned Aug. 1942 -- BB-60.
Starring Melanie Griffith
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
Director: Andy Tennant. Also starred Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place & Fred Ward. Plot: A young woman with a white trash background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.
2006 - Best Traditional Gospel Album
2004 - Best Traditional Gospel Album
2002 - Best Traditional Gospel Album
Unofficial nickname. This was introduced by the state's Chamber of Commerce in the 1940s for publicity purposes, and in 1951 was approved by the legislature for inclusion on licence plates. The Chamber noted that "Alabama is geographically the Heart of Dixie, Alabama is industrially the Heart of Dixie, Alabama is, in fact, the Heart of Dixie."
Unofficial nickname. Cotton production in Alabama was a major influence in the growth and culture of the state. Alabama was singled out as THE Cotton State because of its central location in the Cotton Belt. Cotton was Alabama's leading crop and Alabama was considered a leading cotton producer. Alabama ranked 11th for cotton cash receipts in 2004.
Alabama (cleared thicket)
1974 - inducted in 2009; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart; early version
1974; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009
1997; iconic theme song for "Sopranos" HBO series
2002. Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas.