Duane Allman

Duane Allman is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, right along side the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. As a matter of fact, Duane was invited to play on Clapton’s immortal classic “Layla” by “Derek and the Dominoes”. Known as a master of the slide guitar, Duane and his brother Greg virtually defined southern rock. Duane was also a session guitarist at “Muscle Shoals” recording studios and did session work with artists such as Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs,and Wilson Pickett. Duane and Greg were raised by their mother in Daytona Beach, Florida and by 16 years old Duane was an accomplished guitarist. With brother Greg on keyboards and vocals they formed a series of short-lived bands thru out the sixties. In 1967 as “The Hourglass” they were signed by Liberty records and recorded two unmemorable albums which died a quick death. This was all to change however when Dickey Betts entered the picture. After a series of extensive jams “The Allman Brothers Band” was born. In 1969 they released “The Allman Brothers Band” and in 1970 “Idlewild South”. Although popular in the South and garnering more and more FM airplay neither album established the band as a national act. This was all to change with the release of “Live at the Fillmore East” in 1971. A double album set featuring extended versions of “Whipping Post”, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and a blistering version of “Statesboro Blues” featuring Duane’s stinging slide guitar riffs finds the “Allman Brothers” at their finest. A must for any serious guitar player “Live at the Fillmore East” remains a classic. However, The Allman Brothers good fortune was about to take a turn for the worse. On October 29th of 1971 after laying down some tracks for a new album, Duane took off on his motorcycle.A truck hauling Peaches pulled out in front of him and he crashed into it. Duane died after hours of emergency surgery at the age of 24. The Allman Brothers would never be the same without him. The album “Eat a Peach” was released shortly after his death. A tragic end to one of rock’s greatest gutarists. DEATHROCK UPDATE: Contrary to popular belief, the truck that pulled in front of Duane was actually hauling steel cable and rods. The working title of the album was actually “The Kind They Grow Down South”. Butch Trucks suggested an alternative title from something that Duane had stated “I play a lick now and then, and whenever I’m in Georgia, I eat a peach for peace.” The title was changed to “Eat a Peach for Peace”, then shortened. (special thanks to Brian Love for clearing that up that rock myth)

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