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  posted on 10/24/2008 at 11:10 PM
As we all know Duane passed on 10-29-71. Most of you know that I am an origianl ABB line up fan. So for us old guys do you remember what you were doing when Duane passed? I was told a day or so after it happened by a guy who was couple of years older than me. Actually he was the guy who gave me Duane's slide. I was 15 in high school at the time just learning to play the guitar. I was into music because my father had been a top 40 DJ in the 50s so music was around the house. It was strange he was a top 40 DJ who only listen to hard core jazz. I think at the time I had maybe 6 or 8 albums that I bought with my own money and they were ABB-FE, Santana Abraxas, D & D Layla, Frank Zappa Weasels Ripped my Flesh, QMS Happy Trails, Traffic Low Spark (?)Jeff Beck Truth and King Crimsom Lizard. I played those things untill they were shot and still listen to them 'till this day. So, do you remember what you were doing the day Duane died?
 
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  posted on 10/24/2008 at 11:43 PM
I was 13 years old living in Central America. I have no idea what I was doing at the time.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2008 at 11:46 PM
I had just gotten through riding my "mini bike" at "the ditch" with the other guys nearby that had one, just like we did every night till it got dark. We ended up sitting in somebody's carport and his mom came out and said that Duane Allman had died. I didn't really know who he was yet, but some of the older guys sure did...One of those things I haven't forgotten.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2008 at 11:54 PM
Probably making our with Lori Turner.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 06:54 AM
Hey there sweet family,

My fiance at the time and I were in our Maverick, driving to buy tickets for an upcoming ABB concert when we heard the news on the radio. He pulled the car over to the side of the road, where we held each other and cried for a long, long time.

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 09:15 AM
came in from playing ball in the park & a friend called
 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 09:36 AM
Heading for a gig in Va beach Va, a devastating blow indeed it was...

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 10:59 AM
I was at UGA in my apartment and a friend from Macon called about 8:30 or 9:00 and said that rumours that Duane had died were going all around town. I called another friend who's dad was an MD. He called back about 10 minutes later confirming. It was like getting kicked in the gut. We played all 3 albums and smoked hash and drank Boone's Farm late into the night.

Next day most of my friends didn't go to class but we went out to a spot on the Oconee River. Somebody had one of those portable 8 track players and we listened to all the albums again plus Layla. It was some of those songs off Layla that really got to you. Sad, sad days.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 12:00 PM
Was living with my parents still and going to tech school just outside Raleigh,N.C.Slipped outside that night into my 65 pontiac bonneville and slid the abb into the eight track and rolled a pin joint,drank a tall pabst blue ribbon, and tried to think it just could not be for real.
 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 12:03 PM
I was walking past Steve Rodgers in the store where I was working; it was Saturday morning. He called out that he'd heard that Duane had died Friday. (I'd run into him earlier that year at an ABB show in St. Paul, so he knew I was a Duane fan.) I don't remember much of the day after that.

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 02:28 PM
posted this on the old site (i think).

My band had played a gig at the Clearwater (FL) Auditorium and we were returning our gear to the practice room - an abandoned Whataburger in Dunedin we shared with another band.

the habit was to put on the Underground Railroad, Univ. of S. FLA's "progressive FM" station, while we loaded in.

Heard it there and felt like someone kicked me in the stomach.

I really though that would be the end for ABB...seemed impossible for them to play w/o Duane.

[Edited on 10/26/2008 by aiq]

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 02:29 PM
i was 11...

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 02:37 PM
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I was 14....and got into the ABB right after EAP came out and I heard AWTNM, Blue Sky, and OWO on WDAI and WXRT (they only broadcasted at night in mono then) in Chicago. Then I got LAFE and realized what a tremendous loss we had suffered.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 02:44 PM
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eh don't feel bad I wasn't even alive when Duane died.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 03:35 PM
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I was 12.

Didn't get into them until 72.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 04:15 PM
I had bought LAFE two months before and that album was a watershed moment for me. I had seen ABB twice before and loved them.
I was at a Ten Years After concert when the announcer came out and told the audience. The J. Geils Band came out next and dedicated their set to Duane. It was a bad night.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 05:05 PM
WOW Lana, that was a heavy post..........actually driving to get tickets for ABB with the fiance when the news came on the radio! How grim, and what an extreme shock it must have been. I was sixteen, living in L.A., and had heard of ABB but wasn't really into them yet. Duane's passing really wasn't big news there, I don't even remember when I heard about it. Fortunately I became enlightened to the band not long after, and saw them in L.A. in 1975, the Chuck Leavell/Lamar Williams version of the band, only Dickey on guitar. And a GREAT show it was.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 08:25 PM
i had JUST turned 11 the day before. I didn't know about it then, may have heard on the top 40 radio station, but wasn't old enough to know the impact it was having........i knew of the band, since I was just getting into music through my trusty radio, but didn't have any passions in any one band started yet! that came later!

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 09:29 PM
I was twenty and it did not get the attention Morrison's death a few months earlier received However my first report given to me from a school professor was that a Allman brother died. Radio stations in the know realized what a loss it was he had heard there but could't remember which brother. My first reaction was (no offence to Gregg) I hope it wasn't Duane! That would be too tragic. Berry's death received much more media attention a yr later... I had been aware of DA since the winter of 70 but it was only after" Live at the fillmore " that i began to increase my attention and realize that they were something special. Upstate NY was in much anticapation in the Fall of 71 to get the brothers but we had to wait until Syracuse April 72. I still think its one of the most tragic losses to Rock ever!!!

 

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  posted on 10/25/2008 at 10:07 PM
DIdn't hear about it until Saturday morning. Interestingly enuff, me and a couple of our bandmembers were driving by the home of a guy in another band. He and a couple of HIS band members were gathered around a car radio listening to the tributes and they told us. We rushed back home and got the morning paper and read the account. We were all about 15,16 or 17 years old. We had just seen the band in Dayton about 6 weeks earlier. We played the records--remember 'records'?--the rest of that day and nite.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2008 at 07:55 AM
Was a student at Clemson and we had just seen the band there a few weeks earlier ( 9/11/71). AFE could be heard any time night or day as walk thru the dorms at schoolWas home for the weekend and had a habit of sleeping with the radio playing thru my little portable 8 track/ am/fm. WBBQ out of. Augusta Ga. played an ABb song which woke me up and then announced his tragic passing. They then played nothing but ABb for a couple of hours. Sat up all night listening in unbelief! To me where I was when I heard this news will always be etched in my brain, just like where I was when I heard that JFK had been shot! I often think, we only had him for three years with the band, what would he have given the world by now, if he was still out there today?

 

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  posted on 10/26/2008 at 09:57 AM
it was wierd..i don't think it ever REALLY hit me until i paid my respects at the graves

 

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  posted on 10/26/2008 at 10:26 AM
I had just turned three the day before but now all these years later I tend to give more reflection on 10/29 than my birthday. The music that came from Duane is absolutely magical, medicinal, spiritual and emotionally uplifting than any other that has sent shock waves through this body and mind.

God Bless Duane Allman just can't said enough.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2008 at 08:25 PM
heard the news...played every ABB record we had about a thousand times and drank a lot of Wild Turkey. Talked 'Duane' talk for weeks after........still do today.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2008 at 09:58 PM
I was at my high school's Halloween Dance in the school auditorium on the night of Oct. 29, 1971. At some point during the gig, the band on stage announced to the crowd that they had learned Duane had died in an accident--I don't know how they got word, but somebody passed it along. The band then commenced playing some ABB numbers in Duane's memory. I'm pretty sure that Whipping Post was in the mix.

Very sad. I still remember.

 

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