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Duane Allman

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Have you ever been in one of those downtowns with the old hardware store right in the middle of it all? That's the way it was where I grew up. It was Sandlin's Hardware, and old man Sandlin had done fairly well for himself. There was always a kid associated with these businesses; a kid you knew. There was the strawberry blonde whose dad owned the pawn shop. There was the girl you dated whose dad owned the little grocery store. And there was the kid who wanted to be a drummer whose dad owned Sandlin's Hardware.

I've never understood drummers, actually. I know it's hard to do and I know the best of them feel the rhythm in some primal way that I never will. But let's face facts; white suburban kids who want to be a drummer usually desire this for one reason: They want to be in a band so badly they can taste it, but they couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, even if the only instrument in the world was a Jew's harp. They usually come from families with money, 'cause drums cost more than a cheap guitar. And that's the way it was with the Sandlin kid.

This was back in the day when kids were paying good money to see The Kingsmen play Louie Louie or The Swingin' Medallions playing "Double Shot of My Baby's Love." The instrument du jour was the cheap ass organ, used in such hits as "(I'm Gonna Cry) 96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians. The sound was, like the organ, cheap. But it was fun. The guitar players were usually relegated to the surf licks, and most of them had The Ventures as heroes. However, as we know now due to hindsight, the great guitarists who grew up in that period were honing their chops around the blues.

There's something nasty about the blues. Much nastier than what you'd hear at a frat party. Even if Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts were playing. The blues wasn't about funny **** ing or funny breakups: The blues was about sex and death. Sex and Death are really all that matters to real artists in the end, you know. You ever heard Josh White sing St. James Infirmary?

So the Sandlin boy got pretty good on the drums and wound up with a couple of blonde boys from Daytona Beach, FL, in a band called the Hourglass. I went out to his house a few times when they were rehearsing. The lead singer had a gruff voice and played a little bit on the Hammond B3 organ. His brother was the guitarist. They both had way too long blonde hair and these muttonchop beards. It became clear that the singer was the extrovert, star-struck, wannabe and that his brother was the introverted artist. I was hearing things the introvert was doing with that tobacco sunburst Les Paul that I'd never heard before. But it was still gelling for him. It wasn't really real just yet. They were trying to play pop songs and the seams kept bursting into something else and no one was real sure what it was. Least of all, the drummer.

So, when the two blonde boys got fed up with playing small town armories as the Hourglass, and their first two Hourglass records didn't go anywhere, the introvert went back to Florida and the star-struck one went to Hollywood. The drummer went back to working in his dad's hardware store.

Rick Hall, who owned Fame studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, heard about the introvert and hired him to do some backup work for Wilson Pickett. That turned into backup work for Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, Otis Rush, Boz Scaggs, and some other notable folks. But the introvert missed his homies and was always going back to Florida to catch up on old times and new drugs.

The story goes that one night in early 1969, he set up the equipment and jammed with Dickey Betts (guitar), Barry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson (both on drums). The little jam lasted for almost three hours. When it was over, everyone was speechless. The introvert is said to have said, "It really frightened the **** out of everybody. Right then I knew -- I said, 'Man, here it is!' I told Rick I didn't want to do session work full-time any more. I had found what I really wanted to do."

So he called the extrovert and got him to come back from California and they wound up with Phil Walden who talked them into moving to Macon, GA. (One of the drummers, Butch Trucks, later said that they grossed $40 million and that Phil Walden **** ed them out of ever last dime of it.) After a couple of so-so albums, Bill Graham got wind of them and in December of 1970 they played a gig at the Fillmore East. This gig got so out of hand that they kept Canned Heat waiting to come on until 3:30 AM. The next time they played the Fillmore, the essential Allman Brothers album was recorded live.

And there it is if you want to hear it. The Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East. If you want to hear guitar work like it's never been done before or since, I'd suggest you listen to the introvert play on these tunes. You probably know him better from his work on Layla with Eric Clapton. You can hear him primarily on "Key to the Highway" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman." But it's those bird sounds, like at the end of Layla, that he'd get out of his Coricidin© bottle on that Les Paul that no one ever forgets. Eric Clapton told a couple of folks I know that the introvert was the best guitar player he'd ever heard. Clapton never really took up slide guitar until he heard this fellow play it.

The doors began to open up big-time for the introvert around this time. Laura Nyro . . . Herbie Hancock . . . everybody with a good ear wanted him to do work on their stuff. But the good die young, it seems. Late one afternoon he was leaving Barry Oakley's house and ran into a truck on his motorcycle. I can tell you from personal experience that he wasn't feeling any pain before or after this incident. In fact, the amount of narcotics they gave him at the hospital in the couple of hours before he died were probably fewer than the ones he'd already done on his own.

He had been born on November 20, 1946, in Nashville, TN. He died in Macon on October 29, 1971. He would have turned 25 in 22 days.

I heard Duane Allman play several times, and I can tell you that there is not another guitarist of our age who could touch him. He wasn't a flashy guy. He'd stand there in one spot and look down at his hands as they produced the sounds only angels get to hear, usually.

I saw him a couple of times, just before he died, and they had added a new wrinkle to their shows. Around the middle, Duane would walk behind the huge stack of amps and come back a couple of minutes later. He'd have a different sort of glazed yet focused look in his eyes. He'd pick his Les Paul guitar back up and join back in the song in progress. And then, one by one, the other members of the band would walk off stage. Eventually, there he would be, alone, still playing the song. By himself. He would leave this world and go somewhere else: To a land where one electric guitar is all the band you need to hear music the way God himself hears it. This would last anywhere from ten to thirty minutes, depending on either his mood or the quality of the stuff with which he was corresponding on that little respite behind the amps. But I can tell you this:

Those few minutes were the most important musical moments of my life.

And I think he felt pretty much the same way about them.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2007 at 02:34 PM
The drummer went back to working in his dad's hardware store.

I don't know who wrote this article but for the record....the drummer always knew what was going on and he didn't go back to working in his dad's hardware store! In fact, other than maybe during Christmas time, he NEVER worked at the hardware store.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 07:15 PM
Duane surely did not have a tobacco sunburst Les Paul in those days. Seems like the author has taken great liberties with the facts.
 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 08:24 PM
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Duane surely did not have a tobacco sunburst Les Paul in those days. Seems like the author has taken great liberties with the facts.


Yeah ... I agree with you. If you had to label Duane or Greg ... one
as an extrovert and the other an introvert ... doesn't he pretty much
have it backwards? And Herbie Hancock? Did Duane hookup with him
as well as Herbie Mann? Maybe ... but news to me if he did.

Test Question :
_______ Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence?

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 08:34 PM
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Test Question :
_______ Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence?




Benjamin !!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 09:08 PM
This entire article is an insult to everyone written about. It's factually wrong, it's conceptually wrong and I have no idea who this person could be. Supposedly someone from around here but if so, they had their head in their ignorant butt....one example...Johnny started out playing guitar...Hourglass only played one armory gig and that was here in town and by the time Hourglass broke up, Johnny's dad had closed the hardware store. It's amazing what people will make up to make themselves sound good or tell a better story than they really have!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 09:31 PM
Wow....this is so badly wrong. BAD!! Gregory didn't have a B3 until the Brothers started up. Besides, they both went back to Florida, and after a while, it was the introvert who went BACK to California. The EXTROVERT went on down to Alabama. So there! Whew...the guy could've at least got his 'verts right. LOL!!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 09:51 PM
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the guy could've at least got his 'verts right. LOL!!




Man you're right about that Per !

 

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  posted on 1/13/2007 at 09:59 PM
Better to remain silent and be thought the Idiot, then to speak, and remove all doubt!
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Man you're right about that Per !

 

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the guy could've at least got his 'verts right. LOL!!




Man you're right about that Per !


Ain't no doubt 'bout that!!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 12:02 AM
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Better to remain silent and be thought the Idiot, then to speak, and remove all doubt!


LOL!! You said it!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 12:04 AM
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Ain't no doubt 'bout that!!


Only in the Bible Belt !

 

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Ain't no doubt 'bout that!!


Only in the Bible Belt !


Ain't no Bible in this belt!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 12:35 AM
We've got a Bible down here...but it's mostly used for beating up on people And judging from this article, we've got a lot of morons too!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 03:31 PM
I just now forced myself to read the rest of the article. Moron is just not a strong enough word.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 05:28 PM
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I just now forced myself to read the rest of the article. Moron is just not a strong enough word.




Its almost like...the Bizzarro World Seinfeld opposite adventure !

 

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  posted on 1/14/2007 at 11:13 PM
I have to admit my first thought ran to Wyker when I read this article, however, I believe had he written it, he would have taken credit for straightening out Duane and Gregg so they could make something out of themselves!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 12:12 AM
"Barry Oakley"? He definitely did not know Duane and Gregg since he has the personalities largely reversed.

Doug

 

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Tis crazy what you find on the net sometimes . Shall i leave it up ? or destroy it ?

 

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Tis crazy what you find on the net sometimes . Shall i leave it up ? or destroy it ?


What the heck, leave it up there....it's a testament to the arguement I've been making that people can't and shouldn't belive everything they read.....unless of course, it's from Johnny's upcoming book and then they should belive everything.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 11:51 AM
we'll read it like it's the Gospel Ann. I for one am frothing at the mouth for it. BTW..how long till it come's out in Paperback? >>>>lol Kidding!!
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What the heck, leave it up there....it's a testament to the arguement I've been making that people can't and shouldn't belive everything they read.....unless of course, it's from Johnny's upcoming book and then they should belive everything.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 11:55 AM
If things work out as planned, there is another book that will be a wonderful accounting of things no one has ever read about Duane before that should come out about the same time as Johnny's. They won't compete with each other, just compliment the stories. At least we're hoping they come out at the same time....guess that depends on whether or not we both find a publisher!

 

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If things work out as planned, there is another book that will be a wonderful accounting of things no one has ever read about Duane before that should come out about the same time as Johnny's. They won't compete with each other, just compliment the stories. At least we're hoping they come out at the same time....guess that depends on whether or not we both find a publisher!
I want to meet the Publisher who would turn these down!! Probably be the son of the Producer who told the HG..you guys better get a day job..you are the worst I heard.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 04:44 PM
In retrospect, it makes you wonder what that guy actually WAS listening to doesn't it!

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 09:34 AM
well , we'll just have to start our own publishing company,


(and record label....... and sauna.................)

 

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