3 questions with Duane Allman
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
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
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 of The Great Speckled Bird - an
underground newspaper that we sold to kids at school.
On one trip
we happened to walk by a club that had the most incredible music coming
out of it in the afternoon. We snuck into the building which was pitch
dark. We took seats way in the back and we watched Moby Grape and The
Allman Brothers Band rehearse!!
We knew Moby Grape but we had
never heard the Allmans before. We certainly had never heard Duane
Allman or Dicky Betts before ... what a trip ... we still talk about
that day as Duane didn't live much longer. The Allman's carried on without Duane but man you should have seen them with him!
HERE is a great biography and photos of Duane Allman's grave ....
Allman was a much in demand studio guitarist too. He played with
Clapton on Layla and with many many other famous soul musicians too like
Clarence Carter, BB King, and Aretha Franklin. Duane was so ahead of
his time ...
Birth: Nov. 20, 1946
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1971
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
and Duane Allman's father died tragically in a murder ... the Allman
family was living near Norfolk, Virgina, when Army Sergeant Willis
Allman was murdered on the day after Christmas, 1949. His widow,
Geraldine, took her sons Gregg, two, and Duane, three, to live in
Daytona Beach, Florida.
News about Gregg Allman, his liver transplant, new tour and new cd