Duane Allman Profile:
Born: November 20, 1946 in Nashville TN
Died: October 29, 1971 in Macon GA
Duane Allman's star burned brightly, albeit briefly, as he rose from the ranks of studio session player to band leader to legend seemingly overnight. Born in 1946 in Nashville, but raised in Florida with his brother Gregg, Allman made his way to Muscle Shoals, Alabama during the late-1960s where he became an in-demand session guitarist at Fame Studios. While he was in residency at Fame, Allman played behind such rock, soul and R&B artists as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis and Boz Scaggs.
Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969, featuring two excellent lead guitarists in Allman and Dickie Betts. The band's early sound was soulful, blues-based rock with a penchant for extended instrumental jams by the group's talented members, usually built around Allman's spectacular slide guitar work. After releasing two studio albums - The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 and Idlewild South in 1970 - the band performed a series of critically-acclaimed shows at the Fillmore East in New York City, one of which was captured by the two-disc At Fillmore East album, released in 1971.
Derek & the Dominos
In 1970, Allman accepted Eric Clapton's invitation to play with Derek and the Dominos on the sessions for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. It proved to be one of Allman's brightest moments, the two talented guitarists playing off each other and creating musical magic, pushing the album to #16 on the Billboard charts and yielding a hit single in the title track. Tragically, Allman died in a motorcycle accident in October 1971, but his legend has only grown since then.
Recommended Albums: For a wide overview of his session work, try Duane Allman: An Anthology, while the Allman Brothers' live At Fillmore East best represents Allman's blues-rock chops and freestyle jams.