The Day We Lost Bandleader Duane Allman

October 29, 2017

Duane Allman

American guitarist, session musician,

and co-founder and leader of The Allman Brothers Band 

was killed on October 29th of 1971

when he lost control of his motorcycle

on a Macon, Georgia street

while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer

three weeks shy of his 25th birthday

 

A sought-after session musician

both before and during his tenure with the band

Duane Allman performed with such established stars

King Curtis

Aretha Franklin

Wilson Pickett

Herbie Mann

Duane also contributed greatly

to the 1970 Derek and the Dominos album

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

 

Discography

  • The Allman Brothers Band (1969)

  • Idlewild South (1970)

  • At Fillmore East (1971)

     

  • Eat a Peach (1972) on tracks 4-9

Derek & the Dominos

  • Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) on tracks 4-14​

Duane Allman's performance on "Hey Jude" impressed Atlantic Records producer and executive Jerry Wexler and immediately bought Allman's recording contract and wanted to use him on sessions with Atlantic R&B artists.

While at Muscle Shoals, Allman played on recordings by numerous artists, including Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro, Wilson Pickett, Otis Rush,

Percy Sledge, Johnny Jenkins

Boz Scaggs

Delaney & Bonnie

Doris Duke and jazz flautist Herbie Mann.

For his first sessions with Aretha Franklin

Allman traveled to New York

In January 1969 Duane went as an audience member

to the Fillmore East to see Johnny Winter

and told Muscle Shoals guitarist Jimmy Johnson

that in a year he'd be on that stage

That December,

the Allman Brothers Band indeed played the Fillmore

 

Equipment

 

Allman Joys, Hour Glass

  • Fender Telecaster, modified with a Stratocaster neck

  • Marshall amplifier, with six 10-inch speakers and two horns

Early session work

  • 1954 Fender Stratocaster                                                 

    used on the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio sessions              now at the Hard Rock Cafe in London at the Vault

  • Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, with old 9-volt batteries for enhanced distortion

  • Fender Twin Reverb with JBL speakers

  • Maestro Echoplex

  • 1959 Fender Bassman

Allman Brothers Band, Layla, later session work

  • 1961 Fender Stratocaster (for early session work, overlapping with the formation of the Allman Brothers Band)

  • 1958–1962 Gibson ES-345 semi-hollow body (first album)

  • 1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard goldtop, serial no. 7 3312, traded on September 16, 1970, for a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard cherry sunburst, except for the pickups

  • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard cherry sunburst, acquired on September 16, 1970, except for the pickups

  • 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard tobacco sunburst, acquired in June 1971

  • 1961 Gibson SG, used for slide, given to him by Dickey Betts

  • Marshall 50-watt head, two Marshall 4x12 cabinets with JBL speakers

  • Fender Champ combo amplifier (Layla)

  • Gibson L-00 acoustic guitar

  • Fender Rock N' Roll 150 strings (Hour Glass)

  • Coricidin medicine bottle (slide)​

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