The Allman Brothers Band Biography

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Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band is a Southern rock band that hailed from Macon, Georgia. They were credited to be the "the principal architects of Southern rock" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band was noted for their impressive jamming and improvisational abilities which led them to acquire eleven Gold and five Platinum albums between 1971 and 2005. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band as 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time due to the band’s impressive accomplishments.

The Allman Brothers Band formed in the outskirts of Jacksonville, Florida sometime in 1969. It was formed by the Allman brothers Duane (slide, lead guitar) and Gregg (vocals, organ) together with Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums) and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). The band first did numerous shows before they came out with their debut album. Only a few listeners took interest in the band’s blues-rock debut album although it was highly praised by critics.

The second album on the other hand brought the band much critical success as they began to get adept with making shorter and more radio friendly songs. Their 1971 live album, At the Filmore, also became a huge hit with its unique mixture of classical music, jazz, hard rock and the blues. The band suffered a setback when Duane Allman was killed in a motor accident on October 29, 1971 in Macon, Georgia.

It was a tough loss for the band since Duane acted as the band’s leader. But nonetheless, the band carried on and went on in completing another album, Eat A Peach. The band eventually became a top concert draw in the 70’s where their live performances were attended by thousands of fans, making them one of the most successful bands in the early part of the decade.

Subsequent lineup changes were also made through the years due to personal conflicts. Some of the band members went on to do solo projects. The band managed to get through despite growing tensions between band members on to the early part of 1976, when the band decided to part ways. A number of band reformations went on until the band reunited in 1989 and again entered into the American music scene.

Their subsequent work was given outstanding reviews and eventually won numerous awards for the band, including the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1996 for their song, "Jessica". The band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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