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Monday, September 08, 2014
This day in HISTOROCK !! The Allman Brothers !!
This day in HISTOROCK !!
In 1973, The Allman Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Brothers And Sisters', the group's only US No.1. This was the album that contained their biggest hit "Ramblin Man"!! The Allman Brothers band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). In 1970 these guys played over 300 shows touring in a Ford Econoline van and cemented themselves as one of the premier "live" bands to see !! This culminated with the release of the critically acclaimed album "Live at Filmore East" in 1971 and also represented an artistic and commercial breakthrough, featuring extended versions of their songs "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post", and is often considered among the best live albums of all time !! Not long after this, leader Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident, while in Macon, Georgia on a short break in the band's schedule. He was only 24. In Duane's memory, The Allman Brothers released "Eat A Peach" in 1972 !! The album title was Duane Allman's response to an interviewer's question: "How are you helping the revolution?" Allman replied: "There ain't no revolution, only evolution, but every time I'm in Georgia I 'eat a peach' for peace." !! Released in February 1972, this double album contains a side of live and studio tracks with Allman, two sides of "Mountain Jam", recorded with Allman at Fillmore East in March, and a side of tracks by the surviving five member band !! In 1973 with the release of "Brothers and Sisters' and the single "Ramblin Man", The Allman Brothers band rose to the top of the music world, which was kind of bittersweet !! Internal turmoil and some say the use of heavy drugs contributed to the break up of the band in 1976 !! The band has reformed at different times over the years and there has always been one constant in the group and that was Dickie Betts and Gregg Allman !! That unfortunately ended in the late 90's when Betts left the band !! The band has continued to tour under The Allman Brothers name , but earler this year Gregg Allman announced that The Allman Brothers would stop touring for good !! RIP Duane and RIP Allman Brothers !! Here is some classic "LIVE" Almman Brothers at Filmore East in 1970 with Duane on lead guitar !!