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Duane Allman

Duane Allman lives on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his music. Duane was dynamic, charismatic, and very much alive. So much so that many of us feel his presence today when we listen to his music. Ed Shane hosted Duane Allman in 1970 on a one hour radio broadcast he called The Duane Allman Hour (it was a one-time event). Duane talks about life, music, Clapton, forming the Allman Brothers, the first two albums, and many other things. Later that year, Duane bopped into WABC-FM's studios in New York where he was interviewed (?!) by Dave Herman. Duane was -on- and this is a fun interview as well as another glimpse into Duane's philosophy of life. Darned perceptive 23 year old. The exact date of the interview was Dec. 9, 1970. There isn't much video out with Duane on it. There was a commercial video done at the Fillmore on September 23, 1970, and a 30 minute or so piece is circulated among traders, usually in pretty bad shape from multiple generations of copying. Planet Dobro is a web site dedicated to slide guitar; they have a piece of the 9/23/70 show online. Beginnings Duane told interviewer Tony Glover that at the start of the '60s "One year Gregg got a guitar for Christmas and I got me a Harley 165 motorcycle. I tore that up and he learned to play. He taught me and I traded the wrecked bike parts for another guitar." By 1961, Duane and Gregg were playing at teen dances around Daytona Beach, where they had lived since 1959. In 1963 they were in the House Rockers before organizing the Allman Joys. The Allman Joys toured bars in the SE and made their first single, a remake of "Spoonful" by Willie Dixon. In the late '60s they moved to Los Angeles and became part of a group called Hourglass, that put out two albums, "Hour Glass" and "Power of Love". The band had no control over their material. As Duane said, "They'd send in a box of demos and say, 'Okay, pick out your next LP.' We'd try to tell them that wasn't where it was at. Then they'd get tough." Disgusted, Duane returned to Florida where he hooked up with the drummer from the 31st of February, Butch Trucks. On many occasions they crossed paths with a band led by Dickey Betts that included bassist Berry Oakley.

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David Leikam
James Popik
Big Band of Brothers
composer / conductor


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Syria Mosque...

The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company


Trouble No More: 50th...

Universal Music Group


The Final Note -...

Allman Brothers Band Recording Company


Skydog: The Duane...

Rounder Records


At Fillmore East

Polydor Records




Eric Clapton
guitar, electric
John Mayall
voice / vocals
Allman Brothers Band
band / orchestra
Johnny Winter
guitar, electric
Gregg Allman
organ, Hammond B3
Elvin Bishop
guitar, electric
Gov't Mule
band / orchestra

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