The Allman Brothers Band had been flying excessive in 1971, as they adopted two studio releases with the defining At Fillmore East dwell album that was on its option to changing into their first platinum report. The live performance set stood at No.46 in its fifteenth week on the Billboard 200 when the dreadful information arrived, on October 29, that Duane Allman had been killed in a motorbike accident.
Duane was a mere 24 years previous when the accident occurred close to Macon, Georgia, throughout a interval when the band had been between touring and recording commitments. The Allmans had not too long ago accomplished a tour of the West Coast and had been getting ready for a brand new East Coast run.
“In accordance with police stories,” ran the Billboard story, “he apparently misplaced management of his motorbike to keep away from crashing right into a tractor-trailor. He died on the working desk at Center Georgia Medical Middle, three hours after the accident.” Satirically, the identical situation of Billboard reported that the Fillmore East album had gone gold.
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In 2014, Duane’s daughter Galadrielle had her ebook about her father, Please Be With Me, printed by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random Home. The ebook movingly describes the scene within the hospital, when the household had been initially instructed that he would survive, solely to be crushed by the information that Allman had not survived the surgical procedure.
Stoically, after mourning Allman’s loss of life, the band carried on, releasing the mixed studio and dwell landmark Eat A Peach little greater than three months later. As their hordes of devotees know, tragedy would go to the Allmans once more on the finish of 1972, when Berry Oakley died in the same crash, eerily solely three blocks from the location of Duane’s accident. However the reminiscence of the departed members of the group was, and continues to be, celebrated by way of the Allman Brothers Band’s unquestioned place within the pantheon of American music.
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