Perhaps no musical group better signifies Southern rock than The Allman Brothers Band. Formed in Daytona Beach, Florida by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, originally called Hour Glass. Duane went to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to work as a session musician for the recording studios there. The brothers then recruited Jaimoe and Berry Oakley to join their burgeoning group.
In 1969, they moved to Macon, Georgia to join the roster of Capricorn Records, where they moved into a home that later became a museum. They recorded their notable Filmore East album before Duane died in a motorcycle accident in 1971.
The next year, Oakley died in another motorcycle accident also in Macon. After mourning these deaths, the band continued playing. The band broke up in the 1980s but twice reunited. Later career highlights include induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a residency at New York City ’s Beacon Theatre.
From: Jacksonville, Florida
Influences: Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King
Favorite Tracks: Ramblin’ Man, Midnight Rider, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Discography: The Allman Brothers Band (1969), Idlewild South (1970), At Fillmore East (1971), Eat a Peach (1972), Brothers and Sisters (1973), Win, Lose or Draw (1975), Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas (1976), Enlightened Rogues (1979), Reach for the Sky (1980), Brothers of the Road (1981), Seven Turns (1990), Shades of Two Worlds (1991), An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: First Set (1992), Where It All Begins (1994), An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set (1995), Peakin’ at the Beacon (2000), Hittin’ the Note (2003), One Way Out (2004)
If You Like: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gov’t Mule
Genre: Southern rock