elagrua - 12/13/2005 at 03:23 PM

Love him or hate him or don't even know who he is, I think it's an awful shame that this Forum totally ignores the fact that Phil Walden was a major factor in the formation and initial success of The Allman Brothers Band.

lespaul71 - 12/17/2005 at 01:27 AM

Don't forget about Frank...

elagrua - 12/20/2005 at 06:32 PM

You mean our dearly departed Frank Fenter? Hey, go for it.

Buppalo1 - 12/20/2005 at 06:46 PM

Anyone ever hear of a fellow named Tad Dowd? Tells me he spent a lot of time with Walden, came over from Rick Hall's shortly after Duane, worked a lot with Tom Dowd (no relation) in Memphis and Muscle Shoals. A promoter in LA now, I think.

BigDaveOnBass - 12/20/2005 at 07:37 PM

I wonder if either is any relation to Waylon Dowd?

lespaul71 - 12/20/2005 at 08:06 PM

You mean our dearly departed Frank Fenter? Hey, go for it

You got it Elizabeth. He was Phil's right hand man, and should be remembered rightfully.

elagrua - 2/3/2006 at 12:56 AM

I'm not supposed to say anything about this but I'm going to anyway because I respect Phil Walden and I will always be grateful to him for bringing Duane out of the studio and helping him put a band together. Otherwise, I and all of you would not be here, talking to each other, loving each other, getting to know people from all over the world that have nothing else in common except the music of The Allman Brothers Band. They enriched my life tremendously; they have been a major part of my life for 37 years now - they will be a part of me for all time.

No matter whatever transpired financially or otherwise to sever the relationship between Phil and the Brothers, I believe his contribution to our lives deserves to be acknowledged, appreciated and valued.

Phil is in need of your prayers and good wishes.

[Edited on 2/3/2006 by elagrua]

[Edited on 3/26/2006 by elagrua]

FootPattin - 3/15/2006 at 04:48 PM

Phil was honored by the Georgia legislature yesterday for his contributions to music. Although he had been looking forward to being at the Capitol to receive the proclamtion in person he was too ill to attend.

I know that Gregg has called to see how he is doing. Prayers are in order.

pixielf - 3/19/2006 at 04:45 PM

What is wrong with Phil and how old is he now?

FootPattin - 3/19/2006 at 07:24 PM

Phil turned 66 in January. He's been fighting a serious illness since 2001.

jlyndon - 3/19/2006 at 07:52 PM

We shouldn't leave out the pre-ABB days and his work with Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Arthur Conley, Johnny Jenkins, etc.

elagrua - 3/26/2006 at 06:31 PM


harvey - 4/24/2006 at 04:24 PM

R.I.P. Phil - thank you for all that you brought to us . . .

pixielf - 4/24/2006 at 04:47 PM


JamesLlorca - 5/7/2006 at 10:43 PM

I recently heard on the radio of the passing of Phil Walden. It was Phil's vision to have the band move from Jacksonville to Macon. Otherwise, I wonder if the city of Macon would have still remained the sleepy town 85 miles south of Atlanta, as described in the book "Midnight Riders" by Scott Freeman. At any rate, love him or hate him, Phil was the man responsible for the Allman Brothers Band establishing themselves as the pioneers of what would become Southern Rock, and he should be missed by all. I'd be interested in getting feedback from the four surviving members about how they remember Phil. May he rest in peace along with Duane, Berry, Lamar, Allen, and anyone else associated with the band that left us too soon. God bless you, Phil, and thanks for giving us the Allman Brothers Band.

WarrenMcCae - 5/21/2006 at 05:46 AM

Thank God for Phil Walden he brought us some of the greatest talents in music history.
RIP My Friend

Capn - 5/21/2006 at 06:21 AM

I'd be interested in getting feedback from the four surviving members about how they remember Phil.

In the June 1st Rolling Stone Magazine, Dickey was quoted in regards to Phil Walden in a discussion with writer Evan Serpick. Talking about how Phil discovered Duane Allman at a session for Wilson Pickett, Dickeys says, “Duane was kind of obscure in the network of people doing sessions, but Phil Walden heard a special talent in him.” When Phil decided to sign the band to Capricorn Records, Betts recalled, “Everyone in the industry told him he was crazy-that this band couldn’t make it. They thought all the songs sounded alike, there’s no frontman, and you can’t have a band out of the south. Phil hung in there because he could hear what we were trying to do. Quite simply, without him, there would be no Allman Brothers Band.”

rainy - 5/21/2006 at 08:38 PM

Capn... Thanks for that read .... and Thanks God Mr. Phil Walden could hear what we all had a chance to hear because of him.

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