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  posted on 11/19/2002 at 11:56 AM
Butch your thoughts about Tom Dowd printed on the home page are touching.

I do have a question- exactly what does kind of influence did Tom have in the direction of the band's music. In other words was it the band that pushed the music and Tom shaped it, was it the other way around, or some sort of confluence together?

Also- when the FE came out, did Tom know of its' musical value then?

Anything more you can tell us about Tom would be appreciated. We as fans see the band (of course) but don't fully appreciate some of the "behind the scenes" importance of people like Tom. [Edited on 11/19/2002 by Jonesy]

 
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  posted on 11/21/2002 at 01:45 PM
If you read what I said about Tom the answer is plain and clear. Tom NEVER pushed any artist in a direction he felt was best. His greatest attribute and what I think makes him the best producer ever was his ability to force each and every artist he worked with to perform at their absolute best. He would settle for nothing less and he knew how to go about getting it.
 

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  posted on 11/22/2002 at 09:11 PM
Hey Butch,

I just caught on to this little secret. Reading all the posts help me deal with not being able to talk to him.
May I add something you might agree too, he never tried to do anything but spread his love. Everything Pappy did just came through him; music, love and respect were my father.

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  posted on 11/26/2002 at 09:48 AM
Dana, great to see you here. We'll be talking a lot in the months to come but, for those that read these, I just want to say that you're absolutely right. Tom Dowd was a brilliant, talented, insightful, etc, etc, man. The world has many of these. Tom was, along with all of these other attributes a generous and LOVING man. The world may have lost it's only one of these. Love you, Dana. You were blessed to have been raised by such a wonderful human being.
 

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  posted on 2/10/2003 at 07:37 PM
Butch, you guys were fortunate to have such a great talent on your side during the recording of all of the wonderful music put out over the years. Sounds like he was a great man as well as a great producer, he will certainly be missed but never forgotten.
 

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  posted on 2/17/2003 at 10:27 PM
Just a thought on Tom Dowd.I am 36 years old and grew up and live in Miami.Growing up from a youngster my uncles would play Cream,Derekand the Dominoes The ALLMANBROTHERSBAND,Skynrd,etc.As I grew older my love of music took me to Miles Davis and the Trane,Monk,etc.After reading an article in a music magazine I realized that a lot of the music I loved was produced by Mr.Dowd and much of it was recorded a few miles from my house!Needless to say I was amazed.To think of Eric and Duane recording Layla in my hometown at Criteria and The ABB recording EAT A PEACH around a year later when I was 5 years old blew me away.Now I know the extent of Toms legacy and I am amazed and very thankful of the film that is to be released on his life.I guess living in Miami and knowing the man lived and worked here is kinda special to me.I am thankful for his work as it remains the soundtrack to my life.Now when I drive out 41 into the Everglades with my wife and children and listen to Eat a Peach or Layla on the trip I think often of the man behind the music.Thank You Mr.Dowd your spirit lives on.
 

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  posted on 4/26/2003 at 06:42 PM
Butch, I just got a copy of the March 14th Beacon show and I have to say I was very moved by what you said about brother Duane and Tom Dowd. Nice to hear you come out from behind those drums
 

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  posted on 8/9/2003 at 02:40 PM
I like this thread

 

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  posted on 8/28/2003 at 05:54 PM
In 1971 my brother and I inhererited a little money when some property was condemed by the the highway commision in kentucky. My dad flew us out there and we got our checks for 5,280.32 a peice.

At the airport going home we decided to change our tickets and go to Macon Georgia to meet the Allman Brothers (LOL). I was 17 and my brother was barely 16. we got to Macon and went straight to Capricorn Studios and knocked on the door. This cute little girl opened the door and said "Can I help YOU?" and we said yes we want to meet the Allman brothers. she laughed and said well their not here right now but come on in and have a seat. She left us in the lobby and we both thought how cool...looking at the records on the wall and pictures and stuff.

A knock came on the door and so I opened it. There was this big black guy dressed like Hendrix and a white older lookin fellow in a suit. They said who are you and I said who are you. The guy in the suit said I'm Tom Dowd and this is Buddy Miles. I knew who Buddy was but I didn't know who Tom dowd was but I felt like someone had just knocked the wind out of me. They came in and said who are you guys.....I said My name is Pat Ramsey and this is my brother Mike. Tom said well what can we do for you and again I said we are here to meet the Allman Brothers. Buddy howled with laughter and i blushed red with embarrasement. The little girl (beautiful sister to JImmy Hall and background vocalist) came back into the room and said OH! you guys are going to have to leave. She looked at Tom and said I'm so sorry i just thought they were cute and I would let them look around the lobby. they came all the way from kentucky to meet the Allman Brothers. Tom Said No that's OK as a matter of fact I have an idea you guys wait right here. Buddy and Tom walked back into the studio and we could hear music comming out.....(Now remember we were to little stoneys not old enough to be on the street with five grand in our pockets with little wings ready to fly). Tom came out and asked us how old we were. we told him. he said perfect you guys follow me....We went into the recording booth and there was Jimmy Hall and "Wet Willie" sitting in the booth. Tom said these guys are perfect. They are our target audience let's get their opinion. Jimmy then began to explain that they were working on a knew song but they thought it might sound a little to much like pop rock and they had been arguing a little bit about it. Tom got the engineer to roll the tape and we listned. When the song was over I said. yes it is a little bit pop but you have a great harp solo and monster guitar,man this will be a hit all over the radio.....Tom just smiled....My little brother then said can we meet the Allman brothers now.....everyone howled with laughter but they did show us around real quick and then told us they had to get back to work and thanked us for our input and that we would have to go. I pulled out my harp (i had been playing for a few weeks) and Jimmy showed me a couple of licks to work on. They then showed us the door. Little did I know that 7yrs. later I would be back in that same studio doing a demo with "Trucks" for Warner Brothers which is probably still in a box at the studio somewhere. ....OH I almost forgot. The song they were working on was "Keep On Smilin'. Butch I miss ya man....Pat

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  posted on 8/28/2003 at 09:07 PM
That is a great story Rampat!

 

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  posted on 8/28/2003 at 11:28 PM
Wow, that IS a great story! Thanks for sharing, Pat!

 

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  posted on 9/8/2003 at 08:36 AM
Jimmy's sister is named Donna, and she is still a looker...

Great story!

 

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