Private Services For Duane Allman Today
(first published in 'The Macon Telegraph', November 1,
Private services for Duane Allman, 24, who died Friday in a
motorcycle crash will be held today. The body will lie in state
until noon at Memorial Chapel.
Founder and lead-guitarist of the nationally acclaimed Allman
Brothers Band, Duane Allman was killed late Friday afternoon
when his maroon motorcycle spun out of control at the
intersection Hillcrest and Bartlett Avenue.
Born in Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 11, 1946, Duane Allman had been a
member of the San Francisco rock band, The Hour Glass. He had
been featured guitarist to such performers as Aretha Franklin,
Arthur Conley, Clarence Carter, Delaney and Bonnie, Eric
Clapton, and Herbie Mann.
Wilson Pickett had named him Skyman, for his backup guitar
performance on Pickett’s rendition of “Hey Jude”.
Formed in 1969 with the help of his brother Greg, the Allman
Brothers Band called Macon their home. Their first album “The
Allman Brothers Band” released in 1969 received wide attention
from critics and fans alike.
“Duane Allman’s use of his instrument is on a different plane, a
more group oriented one which allows for virtuosity” wrote
critics in the Underground Press. President of Capricorn
Records, Frank Fenter, the company for whom the Allman Brothers
Band record said “The group is the most communally artistic rock
and roll band I have ever heard”
The band had just completed a West Coast tour and were preparing
for another concert tour which would have taken them to north
eastern cities concluding with a New York City Carnegie Hall
The bands third album the Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East
had earned for them their first gold record, awarded for sales
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Geraldine Allman of Daytona
Beach, Florida, his brother, Gregory Allman, and a daughter.