Duane Allman

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Duane Allman

American guitarist, session musician and the primary leader and co-founder of the The Allman Brothers Band, until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24 add

Category: Music

Born in 1946.

Countries: United States (56%), Florida (9%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley

Linked to: Guitar Player, Billboard, Harley-Davidson, Mercury Records

 

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Duane Allman was born in 1946 add something


1947

His younger brother Gregg Allman was born in late 1947 add something


1957

In 1957, the family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida where the boys attended Seabreeze High School add something


1960

In 1960, Gregg had saved enough money to buy his first guitar, a Japanese-made Teisco Silvertone while Duane acquired a Harley 165 motorbike add something


1961

The two Allman brothers started playing publicly in 1961, joining or forming a number of small, local groups add something

 

Dickey Betts - In the early days of the Allman Brothers, Betts played a 1961 Gibson SG, given to Duane Allman in 1971 to use as an all-slide guitar


1963

Lonnie Mack - In 1963, 17-year-old guitarist Duane Allman played along with his copy of "Memphis", stopping, starting, and slowing the turntable with his foot, until he had finally mastered the tune


1965

Their band the Escorts opened for The Beach Boys in 1965 but disbanded and eventually became the Allman Joys add something


1967

The Allman Joys morphed into another not-completely-successful band, The Hour Glass, which moved to Los Angeles in early 1967 add something

 

Pete Carr - In 1967 Carr, Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Paul Hornsby and Johnny Sandlin, in a group named The Hour Glass, played together on the "The Power Of Love" album


1968

In 1968, Gregg Allman went to visit Duane on his 22nd birthday add something

 

The Hour Glass broke up in early 1968, and Duane and Gregg Allman went back to Florida, where they played on demo sessions with the 31st of February, a folk rock outfit whose drummer was Butch Trucks add something

 

Allman's playing on the two Hour Glass albums and an Hour Glass session in early 1968 at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama had caught the ear of Rick Hall, owner of FAME. In November 1968 Hall hired Allman to play on an album with Wilson Pickett add something

 

Randy Meisner - In 1968, after auditioning along side the likes of Duane Allman and Timothy B Schmit, Meisner joined Poco with former Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina

 

Wilson Pickett - Pickett returned to Fame Studios in late 1968 and early 1969, where he worked with a band that featured guitarist Duane Allman, Hawkins, and bassist Jerry Jemmott

 

Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett covered the song in 1968 with pre-Allman Brothers Band session musician Duane Allman on guitar


1969

The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and, unusual for the time, based in the Southeastern United States add something

 

For his first sessions with Aretha, Allman traveled to New York, where in January 1969 he went as an audience member to the Fillmore East to see Johnny Winter and told fellow Shoals guitarist Jimmy Johnson that in a year he'd be on that stage add something

 

With the addition of brother Gregg, called back from Los Angeles to sing and replace Wynans on keyboards, at the end of March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band was formed add something

 

Their debut album, "The Allman Brothers Band", was recorded in New York in September 1969 and released a few months later add something

 

Berry Oakley - He was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with guitarist Duane Allman, Gregg_Allman, who was the band's vocalist and keyboardist, Dickey Betts on co-lead guitar, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, both on drums, congas, and the band's percussionist

 

Dickey Betts - In 1969, Duane Allman had parlayed success as a session player into a contract with former Otis Redding manager Phil Walden

 

Butch Trucks - Trucks helped form The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with Duane Allman , Gregg Allman , Dickey Betts , Berry Oakley , and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson

 

Carl Radle - Ultimately, Radle was best known for his lifetime association with Eric Clapton, starting in 1969 with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and 1970 with Derek and the Dominos, recording alongside drummer Jim Gordon, guitarist Duane Allman, and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock

 

Jai Johanny Johanson - After joining up with Duane Allman in February 1969, he quickly became the first recruit into Allman's new group, soon joined by bassist Berry Oakley, fellow drummer Butch Trucks, guitarist Dickey Betts and lastly Allman's younger brother, singer, organist and pianist Gregg Allman

 

Dr. John - John's song "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" was covered in 1969 by Marsha Hunt and produced by Tony Visconti; in June 1969 by Cher on her "3614 Jackson Highway" album, and was released as a single; and in July 1970 by Johnny Jenkins, whose supporting musicians included slide guitarist Duane Allman and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai_Johanny_Johanson; Allman performed on "Ton Ton Macoute", the album that contained it


1970

He contributed heavily to the 1970 album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" by Derek and the Dominos add something

 

In the early 1970s the band was hugely successful add something

 

The Allman Brothers Band went on to become one of the most influential rock groups of the 1970s, described by "Rolling Stone"'s George Kimball in 1971 as "the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years add something

 

" Produced mostly by Tom Dowd, "Idlewild South" was released in August 1970 and broke new ground for them by quickly hitting the "Billboard" charts add something

 

Allman never toured with Derek and the Dominos, but he did make three appearances with them on December 1, 1970 at the Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa and the following day at Onondaga County War Memorial, and one appearance November 20, 1970 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, California add something

 

Mylon LeFevre - From 1970 through 1980, he recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Billy Joel, Duane Allman, Berry_Oakley, Little Richard, & the Who, among others

 

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - A serendipitous event brought Clapton and guitarist Duane Allman together shortly after the Dominos had begun recording at Criteria Studios in August 1970


Duane Allman died in 1971 add something

 

The Allman Brothers went on to record "At Fillmore East" in March 1971 add something

 

While in the western part of Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971 during a band break from touring and recording, Allman was riding his motorcycle at high speed toward an intersection as a flatbed truck carrying a lumber crane approached add something

 

Gregg Allman - After the death of Duane Allman in 1971, Gregg Allman started out on a solo career

 

Dickey Betts - After the death of Duane Allman in late 1971, Betts became the band's sole guitarist and took on a greater singing and leadership role

 

Gregg Allman - Following the death of his older brother, guitarist Duane Allman in 1971, and a year later, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, both in motorcycle accidents, the band struggled on and continued to perform and record

 

Phil Walden - He suffered another devastating loss in 1971, when Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash


1972

Released in February, 1972, this double album contains a side of live and studio tracks with Allman, two sides of "Mountain Jam", recorded with Duane at the same "At Fillmore East" stand in March, and a side of tracks by the surviving five member band add something

 

Chuck Leavell - Allman and Sandlin introduced the rest of the Allman Brothers Band to Leavell, and Leavell joined the band in September 1972, when they decided not to recreate their dual lead guitar sound after the death of Duane Allman, who had died the previous October, but rather to use a different instrument as the second lead

 

Berry Oakley - On November 11, 1972, Oakley was involved in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia, just three blocks from where Duane Allman had his fatal motorcycle accident the year before


1973

In 1973, fans carved the very large letters "REMEMBER DUANE ALLMAN" in a dirt embankment along Interstate Highway 20 near Vicksburg, Mississippi add something


1976

Van Zant would sometimes allude to this in concert; in the "Free Bird" performance at Skynyrd's famed 1976 appearance at Knebworth, England, Van Zant says to pianist Billy Powell, "Play it for Duane Allman add something


1981

Jas Obrecht, "Duane Allman Remembered", "Guitar Player Magazine", October 1981 Clapton wrote later in his autobiography that he and Allman were inseparable during the sessions in Florida; he talked about Allman as the "musical brother I'd never had but wished I did add something


1998

In 1998 the Georgia State Legislature passed a resolution designating a stretch of State Highway 19, US 41, within Macon, Georgia as the "Duane Allman Boulevard" in his honor add something


2009

Jai Johanny Johanson - To celebrate this final tradition, in 2009, the band dedicated that year's multiple concerts to the late Duane Allman, inviting special guests from many genres to participate with them, including Eric Clapton, Levon Helm, Trey Anastasio, and many others

 

Eric Clapton - In March 2009, the Allman Brothers Band celebrated their 40th year, dedicating their string of concerts to the late Duane Allman on their annual run at the Beacon Theatre


2013

In 2013, "Skydog", a seven-CD box set tracing the virtuosity of Duane Allman on the slide guitar was released with the help of his daughter, Galadrielle Allman add something