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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 07:45 PM
I listened to Laid Back, Highway Call, Brothers & Sisters and Win Lose & Draw today on the back deck. The older I get; more and more I turn to Chuck as a brother and piano player. Am I the only one?
 
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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 07:56 PM
No. Chuck is the man!

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 08:14 PM
Absolutely not - Chuck is a world class keyboard player - Love him!

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 08:25 PM
He makes everything he is involved in better. I feel grateful to have been able to see Brother Chuck play with the current Allman Brothers a couple times. I'm glad he is semi-regular guest this decade. Would love to see what the guys could do together on an extended run. Long live Chuck Leavell.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 08:53 PM
He makes everything he is involved in better.
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He certainly does Tim! Amazing musician and writer. I catch him when I can - last time for me was Jazzfest with Randall - 07

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 08:59 PM
Glad I'm not alone. Always felt Chuck was a "semi-original" in a way. An integral part of the band when it was young and still growing. He is indeed 'Brother Chuck'. What a world class move to have him as a Brother after Duane was taken.
 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 09:01 PM
BHLT is another great example of his work.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 09:09 PM
I've always wondered what a Chuck/Derek project might hold in store...imagine.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 09:17 PM
Imagine it would be fantastic!

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 09:46 PM
I have to say anyone that can play with the ABB, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones as well as all the other groups has been in has to be considered one of the all time greats.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 09:49 PM
I don't feel Chuck was a brother. The Allman Brothers Band ended when Duane passed. Cuck did a perfect job coming in and doing what need to be done. He is a Rolling Stone that was piano player for ABB. He has been with the Stones for 25 years. He got his break with ABB and moved on to bigger and....
 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 09:58 PM
Chuck is and always will be a Brother. Don't say otherwise or you don't know...
 

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  posted on 7/13/2008 at 10:32 PM
Well, if the Allman Brothers ended when Duane died, than it doesn't really matter who/when/how long Chuck played with anyone, then does it?

Call him what you will, but he was with the band from late 1972 (with Berry briefly) through early 1976 which included their most popular years. He played on two studio albums and one live album. He played a big role in Gregg's Laid Back album and tour, and was on Dickey's first solo record too. He formed a band with two other Brothers (I guess you don't count Lamar) that lasted for 5 years, Sea Level. He was part of the 1986 reunion benefit shows. He produced Brother Warren's solo album in 1993. He's on the Board of Trustees of the Big House Foundation along with Gregg, Jaimoe, and Butch. He's sat in with the band around 15 nights since 2001.

He qualifies as "Brother" to me, but I guess he's technically a former band member. Sure seems to be a friend of all the guys in the band for sure. I would agree that he is most well known now for being the Rolling Stone piano player.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 02:26 AM
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I've always wondered what a Chuck/Derek project might hold in store...imagine.


Have you heard the "Jessica" from last year's JazzFest show?

That was a pretty cool "project."

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 07:02 AM
This fan would be very pleased if Mr Leavell sat in at the Chastain shows. Hint, hint!

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 07:23 AM
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This fan would be very pleased if Mr Leavell sat in at all the Summer shows. Hint, hint!


I can dream right. Love his piano it adds to songs especially Stormy Monday

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 07:52 AM
He is the creator of perhaps the most famous piano solo in all rock & roll.
 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 05:35 PM

Great video of Chuck with the Brothers before Berry died doing a powerful Whippin Post (gets clearer as it goes):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8HTBeFVUbI&feature=related

Thanks Scotiadave for uploading the video!


P.S> his video of Sat Niight in Macon '73 on youtube is the clearest version I've ever seen. Check it out too!

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 05:38 PM
And part II of that same Whippin Post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zsI7_Epq_U&feature=related

What a powerful version of the Allman Brothers that was so short lived.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 05:50 PM
I know Brother Chuck has played with the band recently many times. When was the last time he played with Dickey? (in or out of the ABB)
 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 06:16 PM
January 14, 2000 at Joe Dan Petty's Memorial Service in Macon when the then current Derek/Dickey lineup of the ABB played a set with Warren & Chuck.

The time prior to that was at the few reunion benefit gigs of 1986.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 07:57 PM
Thanks. He always meshed well with Dickey's songs.
 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 08:46 PM
Check this out:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=3GgxfcZZOpg&feature=related

 

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  posted on 7/15/2008 at 09:08 PM
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I think Chuck and Lamar were 2 of the most important ABB members ever. They both came in at a time to where they had to replace the 2 most dominant figures in ABB history. To not understand this is.........just........wrong!


I agree in a way.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2008 at 06:31 AM
Congress' approval rating just went up!

Stones keyboardist Leavell jams with House members
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON The congressman-lead singer had a question for the guest keyboardist at the all-congressional band gig Wednesday night.

"You know 'Brown Sugar'"? asked Rep. Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat.

"I think I can handle that," replied Chuck Leavell, the Rolling Stones keyboardist.

And a little while later, they both took the stage with Peterson's band, the Second Amendments, at a Capitol Hill party to celebrate recent passage of a $290 billion farm bill, which Peterson helped usher through as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Leavell, whose new album is "Live in Germany," filled in for regular keyboard player, Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., for a couple of numbers: "Brown Sugar," long a Stones standard, plus a Little Richard medley before Porter resumed his spot.

Leavell, a noted conservationist who owns a tree farm in Georgia, had lobbied Peterson for forest conservation provisions in the farm bill. Leavell recalled in an interview that during their meeting, Peterson had suggested, "Man, if you're ever around, play with us, sit in with us."

"I thought it was pretty darn cool that a congressman had a band," Leavell said.

Leavell has played for the Stones for 25 years, and has been a keyboardist for artists such as the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton and George Harrison. But Wednesday night's gig, in the House Agriculture Committee hearing room, was a first.

"That was a hoot," he said. "It was a wild and wacky thing to be playing with a bunch of congressmen. This couldn't have worked out better."

The band also includes Reps. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., on drums; Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., lead guitar, and Dave Weldon, R-Fla., on bass.



 

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