TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – For years in Tuscaloosa, one of the most popular songs blasted throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium was “Dixieland Delight.” Fans would sing along with the song, first released by the band Alabama more than 30 years ago.
In December of 2014 the song was removed from rotation. The removal reportedly being tied to the chants added to the song by students. Some of the chants had been considered too vulgar.
Two years later, though, fans continue to push to have the song restored. A petition on Change.org from Jon Adams is asking for the return of tune for the upcoming Iron Bowl:
“We, the students, at the University of Alabama have been deprived of one of our favorite stadium anthems and a long standing fan favorite, Dixieland Delight. We hold this to be one of our most precious game day songs and would like to see it return at the Iron Bowl. For all of the millions of dollars we contribute to this school, we believe that requesting the reinstatement of this song into the stadium song lineup is quite minuscule. This is one of the greatest joys we have as students singing this song with our classmates and alumni alike. With all this being said, FREE DIXIELAND DELIGHT.”
As of this writing, the petition, which is addressed to the University of Alabama Athletic Department, Bill Battle, and Dr. Stuart R. Bell, has nearly 6,500 supporters. The goal for the petition is 7,500.
Do you think the song should return?