The Allman Brothers Band, still one of the most popular southern rock bands, is widely known for their lengthy on-stage jam sessions. Throughout the 1970s, the Allman Brothers Band was one the most prominent rock groups in America. While breaking boundaries with their mix between country and blues music, they also paved the way for other popular southern rock acts, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and Gov’t Mule.
The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson. The band toured extensively and perfected their sound while out on the road, before recording their first album. The self-titled debut album was a pure blues- based rock and gained excellent reviews and a cult following. Their debut album also included classic hit and future concert highlight, “Whipping Post.”
The Allman Brothers second album, Idlewild South was released in 1970 and contained more acoustic elements. It also had a Gregg Allman composition, “Midnight Rider,” which grew to be one of the band’s most loved songs.
Double live album, At Fillmore East was to become their major breakthrough. Released in 1971, it sold steadily and earned The Allman Brothers Band their first gold record on 25th of October. Only four days later disaster struck the band: Duane Allman got into fatal motorcycle accident. The band however kept working on next album, Eat a Peach, which they completed as a five-piece. Eat a Peach became instant classic, and their first album to break in to Top Ten, peaking at number five. It produced a hit single “Melissa”
During recording of fifth album, Brothers and Sisters, another accident hit the Allman Brothers camp when Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident only couple blocks from where Duane Allmans accident took place. They eventually managed to finish the album and Brothers and Sisters became their biggest success to date. First single “Ramblin’ Man” took #2 position in the charts and another single, “Jessica” remains a highlight of their shows even today.
Year 1974 marked the beginning of the end for The Allman Brothers Band: Members concentrated to various solo projects and Gregg Allmans drug- and alcohol problems got out of control. The band finally called it a day in 1976 when Gregg Allman turned into a snitch and testified against three friends on a federal drug case.
In 1989 The Allman Brothers Band reunited and has stayed together since. They remain a top concert attraction and have held an annual “Beacon Run”,a spring tradition, where they play for few consecutive nights every year at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
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The Allman Brothers Band Discography:
1969 The Allman Brothers Band
1970 Idlewild South
1971 At Fillmore East (Live)
1972 Eat a Peach
1973 Brothers and Sisters
1975 Win, Lose or Draw
1976 Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas (Live)
1979 Enlightened Rogues
1980 Reach for the Sky
1981 Brothers of the Road
1990 Seven Turns
1991 Shades of Two Worlds
1992 An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 1st Set (Live)
1994 Where It All Begins
1995 An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set (Live)
2000 Peakin’ at the Beacon (Live)
2003 Hittin’ the Note
2004 One Way Out (Live)
Official website: www.allmanbrothersband.com