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A Man Who Touched, and Still Touches, Our Lives

Duane Allman lives on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his music. Duane was dynamic, charismatic, and very much alive. So much so that many of us feel his presence today when we listen to his music.

Ed Shane hosted Duane Allman in 1970 on a one hour radio broadcast he called The Duane Allman Hour (it was a one-time event). Duane talks about life, music, Clapton, forming the Allman Brothers, the first two albums, and many other things.

Later that year, Duane bopped into WABC-FM's studios in New York where he was interviewed (?!) by Dave Herman. Duane was -on- and this is a fun interview as well as another glimpse into Duane's philosophy of life. Darned perceptive 23 year old. The exact date of the interview was Dec. 9, 1970.

There isn't much video out with Duane on it. There was a commercial video done at the Fillmore on September 23, 1970, and a 30 minute or so piece is circulated among traders, usually in pretty bad shape from multiple generations of copying. Planet Dobro is a web site dedicated to slide guitar; they have a piece of the 9/23/70 show online.

Beginnings

Duane told interviewer Tony Glover that at the start of the '60s "One year Gregg got a guitar for Christmas and I got me a Harley 165 motorcycle. I tore that up and he learned to play. He taught me and I traded the wrecked bike parts for another guitar." By 1961, Duane and Gregg were playing at teen dances around Daytona Beach, where they had lived since 1959. In 1963 they were in the House Rockers before organizing the Allman Joys. The Allman Joys toured bars in the SE and made their first single, a remake of "Spoonful" by Willie Dixon.

In the late '60s they moved to Los Angeles and became part of a group called Hourglass, that put out two albums, "Hour Glass" and "Power of Love". The band had no control over their material. As Duane said, "They'd send in a box of demos and say, 'Okay, pick out your next LP.' We'd try to tell them that wasn't where it was at. Then they'd get tough."

Disgusted, Duane returned to Florida where he hooked up with the drummer from the 31st of February, Butch Trucks. On many occasions they crossed paths with a band led by Dickey Betts that included bassist Berry Oakley. They also jammed with a drummer who toured with a number of bands, Jaimoe.

At the same time, Duane's reputation as a session man was growing. Among the artists he backed up were Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and King Curtis.

Homecoming

Still, he kept going back to jam with his friends in Florida and during one memorable jam in the Green House, the nucleus of the Allman Brothers Band was formed. A call to Gregg, who was still in California, to "come home" was all that was needed to complete the group.

Within months the Allman Brothers Band was being handled by Phil Walden, who encouraged them to move from Jacksonville to Macon, Georgia.

Their debut album on Capricorn Records, "The Allman Brothers Band" was recorded in 1969 and won excellent reviews. The band began their first national tour in support of the record.

By 1970, the ABB were gaining a reputation as one of the best blues and rock bands in the country. Their second LP, "Idlewild South" also sold well and the band continued to tour endlessly across the country. They also appeared at the British Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

The ABB were a favorite of promoter Bill Graham and in their December 1970 appearance at his Fillmore East, they were in such rare form that they played encore after encore, not giving up the stage to headliner Canned Heat until 3:30 a.m. During their next Fillmore gig, in March 1971, tapes were made for their third album, "The Allman Brothers Live At Fillmore East". This album easily reached gold status.

The band seemed on the way to galactic heights when they were rocked by the death of Duane. He lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer October 29, 1971.

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35 years after his death, Skydog still among rock's very best guitarists
 
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 07:51 PM
By Michael Ventre
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 5:18 p.m. ET Oct 26, 2006
No matter what the circumstances, deaths in the world of rock and roll tend to become romanticized over the years. It has less to do with the tragedy itself than it does with the warm memories that the music of the artists in question have continued to provide, and the sharp reality that there will be no more such music on the way.

What creative frontiers would Jimi Hendrix have explored if he lived beyond the age of 27? Where would Janis Joplin’s music have taken her if she didn’t pass away at 26? Exactly how would we have been entertained if Jim Morrison, Jeff and Tim Buckley, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, John Bonham, Sid Vicious, Keith Moon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Otis Redding, Berry Oakley, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Gram Parsons and Frank Zappa, as well as many others, had been allowed to hang around a little while longer?

Outside of niches occupied by guitar fanatics and Southern blues-rock devotees, the name Duane Allman is often ignored. He wasn’t flamboyant. He didn’t live the stereotypical life of rock and roll excess. His most notable work came either as a session player for other artists, or as an unassuming member of a band he co-founded with his brother Gregg. And he is probably recognized the most for his work on the slide guitar, practically a lost art today.

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The Duane Strat
 
Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 08:38 PM
I was reading a post in the Forum about one of Duane's old Strats and this story came flooding back...

From day one, Duane could play just about any guitar, and make it cry, but he had a real Fender fetish in the early days. Probably his all-time favorite guitar from his early Allman Joys/Hourglass days, when I knew him was a Telecaster body with a Strat neck, hybrid that he coveted. According to Paul Hornsby, Duane lost that guitar when it was stolen, by some bottom-feeder, while the Hourglass was touring the mid east in late 67 or early 68.

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Band Leader Duane Allman Dies in Bike Crash
 
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 01:31 PM
By: Jon Landau
For Rolling Stone

"Ol' Duane was married to his music, the truth be known," a close friend reflected after the funeral rites. "I guess him dyin' so young, though, was almost inevitable. He had a wild and reckless streak in him, and apart from pickin' his git-tar, he'd get...bored. I guess you could call it. On that account, he ran through a lotta chicks and a lotta mean dope in his green time, and he purely loved to smoke up the highways on bikes that was too fast for him. You don't live long if you live...impulsive like that. Duane was basically just a good ol' country boy, but he could jump salty, too, now and again. Hell, I'll miss him, myself. I'm just sorry he had to up and leave America so early. He had a fat lot left in him to do."

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A Lesson Carved in Stone
 
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 07:58 AM

Duane AllmanBy: William M. Thames III

Even today at age fifty-three, on rare occasions, that vague nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach returns—that unpleasant feeling that my stomach is trying to crawl up into my throat, and empty its bounty of churning butterflies.

To a young teenage musician, stage fright can be a terrifying, and worrisome emotion. Today, I can deal with those emotions, but there was a time thirty-six years ago, when I was sixteen, that stage fright almost cost me my closest friends, my job, and the single most thrilling, musical night of my life.

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Skydog
 
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 04:35 AM
WAIL ON SKYDOG,PLAY IT LOUD MAKE IT MOAN.TRAVEL HIGH ON THE FRETBOARD TO PLACES UNKNOWN.TAKE ME HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN OR A COOL RUNNING STREAM.YOU AND YOUR BROTHERS MADE ONE HELL OF A TEAM.LEANING BACK ON A HARLEY HAIR INTO THE WIND,HOW COULD YOU KNOW IT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SPIN.30 YEARS HAVE PASSED IN A BLINK OF AN EYE.THE NOTES THAT YOU PLAYED CAN STILL MAKE ME CRY.WAIL ON SKYDOG MAKE IT MOAN LET IT CRY IN 71 YOU REACHED FOR THE SKY.HITTING THE NOTE WAS YOUR GIFT TO US.PLAYING THE FILLMORE ALL NIGHT IF YOU MUST.OH HOW THOSE SOUNDS STILL HAUNT ME TODAY OH HOW I LOVED HEARING YOU PLAY A FAN

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