This Day In Rock. The Allman Brothers Band
Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 20, 1946. On Christmas Day in 1960, Duane was given a motorcycle as a gift while his younger brother, Gregg Allman, got a guitar. A few months later, Duane wrecked his motorcycle in an accident, but traded in the spare parts for a guitar of his own. Within a year, the duo played at sock hops in Daytona Beach, Florida, calling themselves "The Kings".
In 1965, Duane and Gregg formed their band, "The Allman Joys", and toured the south, but they failed to make an impression in the music business. Duane, Gregg and a few friends drifted to Los Angeles where they formed a new band called "Hourglass". After recording two albums, the Allmans returned to Florida where they played with the bands "Second Coming" and "The 31th of February".
Duane frequently traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and played backup guitar with such great singers as Aretha Franklin, King Curtis and Percy Sledge. In 1969, Duane got his first big break when Jerry Wexler, the vice-president of Atlantic Records, offered him a solo contract. Duane assembled a new band The Allman Brothers Band, settled in Macon.
The band's first album combined strains of blues, soul, rock and country music into the electrifying sound that launched Southern rock music. Their second album, "Idlewild South", climbed to the top of the charts where they performed at New York's Filimore East in March 1971.
The band recorded a double album released in July of that year and reached the top ten, but Duane did not live to see his band's true success. On October 29, 1971, Duane Allman was riding his motorcycle down Macon's main street when a truck pulled out from another street in front of him. He lost control of his bike trying to avoid a collision and crashed head-on into the rig, killing him almost immediately. He was 24 years old.
As a member of The Allman Brothers Band Duane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 “AS THE PRINCIPAL ARCHITECTS OF SOUTHERN ROCK, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND FORGED THIS NEW MUSICAL OFFSHOOT FROM ELEMENTS OF BLUES, JAZZ, SOUL, R&B AND ROCK AND ROLL”.