Friday, July 8, 2011

The Life and Death of Duane Allman . . .

Duane AllmanCover of Duane Allmanby Retro:Kimmer at:

One of the most tragic losses the rock music industry experienced was the death of Duane Allman in 1971. He barely got started and was taken in a freak motorcycle accident after leaving a birthday party for Linda Oakley. Duane hit the back of a big truck with his Harley Davidson Sportster... The bike landed on top of him and they both skidded across the road.

Duane Allman invented his own style of slide guitar by using a glass medicine bottle over his ring finger while playing. A lot of musicians adopted Duane's technique...

Lucky for me I happened to be living in Columbus GA 1969-1971. My friends and I hopped a bus and went to the Atlanta Underground on Peachtree St. just to hang out. We would pick up copies opf The Great Speckled Bird and underground newspaper that we sold to kids at school.

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