The Allman Brothers Band was a rock band from Macon, Georgia, in the southern United States. They were the first and also one of Southern Rock’s most influential bands and had their most tremendous success in the early 1970s.
The Allman Brothers Band Biography
Founded in 1969, the band initially consisted of Duane Allman (guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson (drums, percussion ). The actual Allman brothers, Duane and Gregg, previously played in various groups, including the Escorts, the Allman Joys, and, most recently, Hour Glass. When Hour Glass lost their recording deal, Duane formed the Allman Brothers Band.
In 1969 they released their critically acclaimed but neglected first album, The Allman Brothers Band. The second album Idlewild South (1970), was already a success. The third album, At Fillmore East (1971), brought the final breakthrough. A little later, Duane Allman died as a result of a motorcycle accident.
The band finished the album Eat a Peach, begun with Duane. Chuck Leavell (piano) was accepted into the bar. After Eat a Peach’s publication, Berry Oakley also died in a motorcycle accident not far from where Duane was killed.
Lamar Williams replaced Oakley. The next album, Brothers and Sisters, was released in 1973. It contained the band’s most famous hits today, Ramblin ‘Man and Jessica’s instrumental piece.
Due to personal differences, the band drifted apart. Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts started solo careers. Gregg married Cher. Substance abuse has taken its toll. In 1975 the album Win, Lose or Draw was created. In the same year, the compilation album The Road Goes On Forever was released. The band ended in May 1976 after Gregg Allman testified in a drug trial against a band member. Leavell, Johanson, and Williams formed Sea Level while Betts was working on his solo career. With Wipe, the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas, a live album was released, which also brought previously unpublished material.
In 1978 the band reunited without Chuck Leavell and Lamar Williams, but with Dan Toler (guitar) as a new member. In 1979 the album Enlightened Rogues came out. But in 1982, the group broke up again.
It wasn’t until 1989 that success came back with the band’s reform and with Seven Turns, the first studio album in nine years. Since then, Warren Haynes has been the group’s guitarist; he was introduced by Dickey Betts and had previously been a member of his Dickey Betts band.
In 1995, the Allman Brothers Band in was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added.
In 2000 the group split from founding member Dickey Betts. Since then, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, who was not part of the band for a short time, have been the group’s two guitarists. This formation with Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks, and Warren Haynes became one of the most stable and enduring histories band.
In January 2014, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes decided that they would leave the band later to put more time and energy into their groups. Gregg Allman then announced that the Allman Brothers Band was over and that he would also pursue his solo project, Gregg Allman and Friends.
Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman – who were the only members of all of the band’s lineups – died a few months apart in 2017.