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Overview (4)

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Died in Macon, Georgia, USA  (road accident)
Birth NameHoward Duane Allman
Nickname Skydog

Mini Bio (1)

Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee in November 1946. On Christmas Day in 1960, Duane was given a motorcycle as a gift while his younger brother, Gregg Allman, got a guitar. A few months later, Duane wrecked his motorcycle in an accident, but traded in the spare parts for a guitar of his own. Within a year, the duo played at sock hops in Daytona Beach, Florida, calling themselves "The Kings". In 1965, Duane and Gregg formed their band, "The Allman Joys", and toured the south, but they failed to make an impression in the music business. Duane, Gregg and a few friends drifted to Los Angeles where they formed a new band called "Hourglass". After recording two albums for Liberty Records, the Allmans returned to Florida where they played with the bands "Second Coming" and "The 31th of February". Duane frequently traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and played backup guitar with such great singers as Aretha Franklin, King Curtis and Percy Sledge. In 1969, Duane got his first big break when Jerry Wexler, the vice-president of Atlantic Records, offered him a solo contract. Duane formed a new band which made up of drummers Jai Johanny Johanson and Butch Trucks, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and brother Gregg Allman on the keyboard. Once assembled, The Allman Brothers Band settled in Macon, Georgia where they joined Phil Walden's Capricorn Records for a recording contract. The band's first album combined strains of blues, soul, rock and country music into the electrifying sound that launched Southern rock music. Their second album, "Idlewild South", climbed to the top of the charts where they performed at New York's Filimore East in March 1971. The band recorded a double album released in July of that year and reached the top ten, but Duane did not live to see his band's true success. On October 29, 1971, Duane Allman was riding his motorcycle down Macon's main street when a truck pulled out from another street in front of him. He lost control of his bike trying to avoid a collision and crashed head-on into the rig, killing him almost immediately. He was 24 years old. The band played at his funeral. Only a year later, they gathered somberly, again, to bury Berry Oakley, who was killed in a motorcycle crash, just three blocks away from Duane's fatal accident.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: pataygs@voicenet.com

Trade Mark (2)

Long guitar riffs
Gibson Les Paul

Trivia (49)

The nickname "SkyDog" is a blending of Duane's two older nicknames. Wilson Pickett, whom Duane worked with as a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, (they recorded a cover of The Beatles' "Hey Jude", among other songs) dubbed Duane "Skyman Allman". Duane had also been called "Dog", because of his thick sideburns and long hair.
Duane Allman is among the most famous players of electric slide guitar, and almost certainly the greatest. Duane played bottleneck slide using a glass Coricidin D cold medicine bottle, and usually tuned his guitar to open E.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Allman Brothers Band) in 1995.
Played guitar on the Derek and the Dominos song "Layla." He and Domino member Eric Clapton were very good friends, and they held a lot of respect for each other.
The Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Free Bird" was dedicated to him.
He helped Eric Clapton record the album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs." Clapton, in turn, wrote the score to the film Rush (1991); that film featured Duane's brother, Gregg Allman.
Uncle of Elijah Allman.
Ex-brother-in-law of Cher.
Played on Jazz flutist Herbie Mann's 1971 release, "Push Push". Herbie Mann covered The Allman Brothers Band's song, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", on his 1973 release, "Turtle Bay".
Release of the book, "SkyDog: The Story of Duane Allman" by Randy Poe. [2005]
As a term of endearment, he called his brother Gregg "baybrah", short for "baby brother".
Even though his brother Gregg was the frontman of the Allman Brothers Band, it was Duane who actually created the group and was the one who tended to make most of the decisions.
In recent years, Duane Allman has begun to rightly take his place with the guitarist greats. Various music polls have listed Allman as being number 2 behind Jimi Hendrix.
Was in the middle of recording the album "Eat a Peach" (taken from a phrase coined by Duane Allman himself) at the time of his sudden passing.
During 1968 and '69, Allman worked as a session guitarist at a recording studio called "Muscle Shoals." Recording with the likes of B.B King and Wilson Pickett proved to be vital in Duane's development as a musician.
Was a fan of the Basil Rathbone "Sherlock Holmes" movies.
Although primarily a guitarist, Duane Allman did record a few songs as the lead vocalist.
Nearly died from a drug overdose in 1970 whilst on tour.
Regarded his time as a session musician at "Fame" studios in Muscle Shoals, as crucial in developing as a guitarist.
Played on various recordings for all kinds of artists. Amongst them were: B.B King, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Boz Scaggs.
On the day when Duane Allman put the Allman Brothers Band together, he gathered all the future members in one room and barred them from leaving until they all agreed to join his group.
A surgeon and his team of hospital staff worked furiously in attempting to save Duane Allman's life, following his road accident.
As far as anyone knows, there isn't any interview footage of the guitarist in existence. However, Allman did give a couple of radio interviews.
Like a consummate professional, Duane Allman was rarely seen without a guitar and always looking for new inspiration.
He was around long enough for his band to enjoy mainstream success. This happened with the release of the live album, "At Fillmore East.".
Before he began raising his own family, Duane was looked upon as something of a free spirit. He would sometimes go travelling on the spur of the moment.
At the time of his untimely passing, Duane Allman had successfully completed treatment for drug addiction.
Whilst a temporary member of Derek and the Dominoes, Duane had to miss several gigs with his own band. Originally, he was meant to miss a couple.
His passing was deeply felt by fellow guitarist Eric Clapton.
Elements of Jazz music was being incorporated into the music of the Allman Brothers Band, thanks to Duane Allman.
Duane Allman completed a total of three songs on the album, "Eat a Peach.".
Although Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon receive co-writing credit for the song "Layla," the opening bars were actually composed by Duane Allman.
During Christmas 1960, Duane was given his first motorbike. After this became wrecked, he put the spare parts together to create his first guitar.
Friends and family regarded Duane as a confident, ambitious man who knew how to achieve what he wanted.
Nearly missed out on taking part in the Atlanta Pop festival, owing to being held up in heavy traffic when travelling from Miami.
Became heavily influenced by the music of Jazz musician, Miles Davis.
Earlier in his career, Duane Allman was part of bands like Hourglass and the Allman Joys.
On the day he formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, Duane and his bandmates engaged in a jamming session which lasted three hours.
Became good friends with Eric Clapton.
Became a part time member of Derek and the Dominos, after meeting Eric Clapton during a live show in Miami.
Tragically lost his father whilst only a young child.
Was the subject for his own documentary, "Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of the Allman Brothers Band.".
Embarked upon a grueling touring schedule, due to the band's second album under-performing upon release.
Had absolutely no interest in projecting any kind of showmanship during concerts.
Came up with the title for the last album he worked on, "Eat a Peach.".
Claimed he was inspired by a dream he had, when he wrote the song "Little Martha.".
Apart from his brother Gregg, Duane was especially close to bassist Berry Oakley.
The nickname "Skydog" was first used when Duane worked as a session musician at "Fame" studios in Muscle Shoals. At the time, the nickname started out as "Skyman.".
His daughter, Galadrielle Allman, published her own book about him - titled "Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father Duane Allman.".

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