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Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
November 20, 1946 Duane Allman born, Nashville, Tennessee
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
December 8, 1947 Gregg Allman born, Nashville, Tennessee
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
April 4, 1948 Rock/blues musician Berry Oakley born, Chicago, Illinois
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
March 25, 1969 Allman Brothers Band forms in Jacksonville, Florida
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
November 8, 1969 The Allman Brothers Band, the group's self-titled first album is released by Capricorn Records
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
March 12, 1971 Allman Brothers band begins a two night set at New York's Fillmore East. It is recorded and released later this year.
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
October 25, 1971 Live at the Fillmore East is certified as a Gold album
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
October 29, 1971 Duane Allman dies in Macon
  City of Macon, Georgia
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
February 12, 1972 Eat a Peach is released
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
November 11, 1972 Berry Oakley dies, Macon, Georgia
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band


From hard to mellow rock that frequently swung into deep R&B, the Macon-based group literally seized the rock and roll world with its first album in 1969. Brothers Duane (guitar) and Greg Allman (vocals/keyboards), who started the group were joined by Dicky Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), and Butch Trucks and "Jonny" Jai Jai Johanson (both drums). Often mistakenly believed to have been born in Georgia, both Duane and Gregg were actually born in Nashville, Tennessee.

Among the hits recorded by the band were Statesboro Blues (written by Georgian Blind Willie McTell), Dreams, Midnight Rider, Down to the Whipping Post, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Mountain Jam, Blue Sky and Little Martha, which includes recordings from the posthumously released recording "Eat a Peach."

In March, 1971, the band recorded "Live at the Fillmore East," a popular concert venue in New York City. From here the band continued to tour the U. S. through late October, when they returned to Macon for a well-deserved rest. After a birthday party for Berry Oakley's wife, Duane headed off to ride "Sweet Melissa," his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. As he returned to Macon, a log truck pulled in front of him at the intersection of Hillcrest and Bartlett. Trying to avoid a collision, Allman laid the bike down, but his head struck either the truck or a nearby lamppost, and he died during surgery.

The following year Berry Oakley lost control of his motorcycle and struck a Macon city bus near the intersection of Napier Avenue near Inverness Street, roughly 3 blocks from the site of Duane's accident. Oakley refused medical assistance in spite of a serious head injury. He died an hour later, shortly after friends had taken him to a hospital.








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