The Allman Brothers

                     


The Allman Brothers was formed in the late 60's by the two Allman Brothers- Duane and Gregg. Originating in Florida, their music incorporated southern rock, blues, jazz and country, and their live concerts were marked by improvisational jamming. Just two years after forming, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident, and that tragic incident was followed by anothe later that yearr-- the death of the bassist in another motorcycle accident. The lead guitar and bass were filled, and the band continued touring at the direction of the remaining Allman brother.

Despite the passing of the two members of the band, the Allman Brothers rose to huge fame in the early 1970's, with the release of their album "Brothers and Sisters". Perhaps their biggest show was in Watkins Glen New York in 1973, which drew an attendance of more than 600,000 fans. Their sound influenced many other popular bands, including Lynyrd Skynyrd.

In the mid 1970's, a number of events caused rifts between the band. Gregg Allman married Cher, guitarist Dicky Betts began a solo career. In 1975, Gregg was arrested on federal drug charges, and he testified against the band's bodyguard, who was put in prison for many years. The band suffered a bitter breakup.

Years after, in 1989, the band formed again, with some new players. They've been playing sporadically for many years. In 2003 and 2004, the Allman Brothers band won Grammy awards, and they were also featured in Rolling Stone Magazine's "50 Greatest Artists of All Time."





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