Icons of 1970s Southern rock, The Allman Brothers Band began originally in the mid 60s when brothers Duane (on guitar) and Gregg Allman (on vocals and keyboard) began playing at dances and bars in their native Florida. The brothers then moved out to Los Angeles where they had a disheartening experience with Liberty Records who changed their name to Hour Glass and restricted their creative freedom. After leaving Los Angeles, the brothers came to the attention of manager Phil Warden who launched them as The Allman Brothers Band in Macon, Georgia in 1969. They released their first album The Allman Brothers Band the same year and their unique combination of blues, rock and soul proved a commercial success. The band’s second album Idlewild South built on the their reputation for excellent live performances and improvisational prowess. Their third album, 1971's Live At The Fillmore East is often considered their greatest, featuring their improvised version of Whipping Post. The band’s long term success seemed assured but then in 1971, Duane was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Gregg has continued to lead the band with various changes in line-up and in 2004 they were included, at number 52, in the Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time.
Followers: Gov't Mule, Neal Casal, The Outlaws, Doobie Brothers, Widespread Panic
Influenced By: Muddy Waters, Cream, The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett
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