DUANE ALLMAN

 

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CHRONOLOGY PART 1: 1946-1968

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    NOVEMBER 1946
 

November 20:
Howard Duane Allman is born at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.

    DECEMBER 1947
  December 8:
Gregory LeNoir Allman is born at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.
    DECEMBER 1949
December 26: Duane's and Gregg's father, Willis Turner Allman, is murdered by a casual acquaintance, named Buddy Green, whom he had offered a ride home from a bar.
    FEBRUARY 1950
  February 26: Donna Roosmann is born in St. Louis, MO.
On August 25, 1969 she gave birth to Duane's daughter Galadrielle.
    FALL 1955
Duane and Gregg are send to Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN. (NOTE)
    FEBRUARY 1957
    Duane and Gregg are taken out of Castle Heights Military Academy (NOTE) and the Allman family move from Nashville, TN to 100 Van Avenue in Daytona Beach, FL. (NOTE)
    1958
  Miles Davis's compilation album 'Jazz Track' is released. (DETAILS)
This album is mentioned bij Duane in a December 10, 1970 interview with Jon Tiven (New Haven Rock Press). (READ)
    1959
  Miles Davis's album 'Kind Of Blue' is released. This album is probably Duane's biggest inspiration. (DETAILS)
This album is mentioned bij Duane in a December 10, 1970 interview with Jon Tiven (New Haven Rock Press). (READ)
    SEPTEMBER 1960
    September 10: Gregg buys his first acoustic Sears Silvertone guitar. (NOTE)
    NOVEMBER 1960
    November 20: Duane gets a blue Harley-Davidson 165 motorcycle as a present from his mother for his 14th birthday. (NOTE)
    CHRISTMAS 1960
    Duane gets his first acoustic guitar for Christmas. (NOTE)
    1961
    Duane & Gregg perform as 'The Kings' in Daytona Beach, FL. (NOTE)
    Duane & Gregg start their first band 'The Uniques' in Daytona Beach, FL. (NOTE)
    Duane & Gregg play in 'The Y Teens'. (NOTE)
    JULY 1961
  In a letter to his friend Larry Beck, Duane writes that he has bought a red Gibson electric guitar.
After Duane drove his Harley-Davidson 165 motorcycle into the ground, he sold it for spare parts and with that money he bought the Gibson Les Paul Junior
. (NOTE)
    1963
  For the second time Duane and Gregg are send to Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN. (NOTE)
    During their stay at Castle Heights Duane & Gregg formed a band called 'The Misfits'. (NOTE)
    Duane & Gregg play in 'The Shufflers'. (NOTE)
    Duane & Gregg play occasionally in 'The House Rockers', backing up the vocal group 'The Untils'. (NOTE)
    Duane & Gregg play occasionally in the 'Lindsey Morris Trio / Lindsey Morris Band'. (NOTE)
    1964
    Duane & Gregg play in 'The Escorts'. (NOTE)
    Duane plays in 'Sweet William & The Stereos' from September until sometime in winter. (NOTE)
    Summer 1964: The band '5 Men-Its' is founded, consisting of: Charlie Campbell - Sax, Johnny Sandlin - Drums, Paul Hornsby - Guitar, Paul Ballenger - Keyboards & Vocals and Fred Styles - Bass. (NOTE)
    1965
  Tony 'Little Sun' Glover's book "Blues Harp - An Instruction Method For Playing The Blues Harmonica" is published by Oak Publications.
In 1972 Tony Glover wrote the liner notes for the compilation LP 'Duane Allman - An Anthology".
    JANUARY 1965

 

B.B. King's album 'Live At The Regal' is released.
The release is listed in the 'New Album Releases' section on page 36 of the January 30, 1965 issue of Billboard.
The medley of tracks 2, 3 & 4 ("
Sweet Little Angel", "It's My Own Fault" and "How Blue Can You Get" was probably the inspiration for 'Hour Glass' to record their own "B.B. King Medley" on April 22, 1968 at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (DETAILS)

    FEBRUARY 1965
  February 27: A review of B.B. King's album 'Live At The Regal' is published on page 31 of the February 27, 1965 issue of Billboard.
    SPRING1965
  'The Escorts' make recordings at Lee Hazen's cottage studio in Ormond Beach, FL. (NOTE)
    APRIL 1965
    April 17: 'The Escorts' and 'The Nightcrawlers' play as supporting acts at a 'Beach Boys' concert at the City Island Ball Park (now the Jackie Robinson Ballpark) in Daytona Beach, FL. (NOTE)
    SUMMER 1965
    The name of the band is changed from 'The Escorts' to 'The Allman Joys'. (NOTE)
    JULY 1965
    July 5: After Gregg graduates from high school 'The Allman Joys' play their first gig (outside of Daytona Beach, FL) at the Stork Club in Mobile, AL. They play at the same venue for a few weeks. Bass player Van Harrison is replaced by Bob Keller. (NOTE)
    SEPTEMBER 1965
    September 9: 'The Rising Sons' record 'Statesboro Blues' with Ry Cooder, who doesn't play slide on this song. (NOTE)
    FALL 1965
    After the summer Paul Ballenger leaves the '5 Men-Its' (or '5 Minutes' or 'The Minutes') and is replaced by Eddie Hinton on guitar and vocals. Paul Hornsby switched from guitar to keyboards.
In the fall Charlie Campbell and Johnny Sandlin leave the band. Johnny Sandlin is replaced on drums by Bill Connell. (NOTE)
    1966
    During 1966 'The Allman Joys' play in Savannah, GA, at the Briar Patch in Nashville, TN, Gaslight Square in St. Louis, MO, at Trude Heller's and The Eight Wonder in New York, NY and in Paducah, KY. (NOTE)
  'The Allman Joys' back up a teenage girl vocal trio called 'The Sandpipers', out of Pensacola, FL at the Sahara Club in Pensacola. They urge the girls to follow them to New York where they perform at 'Trude Heller's' in Greenwich Village. 'The Sandpipers' landed a recording contract with Trude Heller's 'Tru-Glo-Town Records' and released a few singles with moderate success. 'The Allman Joys', however, were not chosen by Heller to be the studio backing band and the two groups parted ways. A bootleg recording of 'The Allman Joys' backing 'The Sandpipers' does exist as a testimony to this union and includes the song “Remember (Walking in the sand)". (NOTE)
    Gregg Allman writes 'Melissa'. (NOTE)
  The compilation album 'What's Shakin' is released. Duane & Gregg are impressed in particular by Paul Butterfield's version of Willie Dixon's 'Spoonful' and a rendition of Robert Johnson's 'Crossraods' performed by Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse. (NOTE) (DETAILS)
    SUMMER 1966
  A promotional picture of 'The Spotlights' is made by Smash Records.
The line-up is the same as the line-up of "The Allman Joys" from around the summer of 1966, when Mike Alexander had just replaced Bob Keller on bass, and just before Maynard Portwood was replaced (in New York) by Bill Connell on drums. (NOTE)
    Bill Connell leaves the '5 Minutes' and becomes the drummer for The Allman Joys. (NOTE)
    Drummer Johnny Sandlin returns to the '5 Minutes' after Bill Connell left to join The Allman Joys. (NOTE)
    The Allman Joys go to New York City to play at 'Trudy Heller's' and meet the members of the band 'Blues Magoos'. (NOTE)
    Pete Carr meets Duane & Gregg Allman at the Martinique Club in Daytona Beach, FL. after The Allman Joys returned from New York City. (NOTE)
    'The Bitter Ind' (with Butch Trucks) plays at the Martinique Club in Daytona Beach, FL. where Butch meets Duane & Gregg.
Duane arranges several gigs for 'The Bitter Ind' at the Beachcomber Club in Jacksonville, FL. (NOTE)
    JULY 1966
  July 22: Allman Joys concert at the Spanish Village Patio in Pensacola Beach, FL. (NOTE)
    The Spanish Village in Pensacola Beach, FL. is also the place where The Allman Joys and The Minutes (formerly known as 'The 5 Men-Its' and 'The 5 Minutes') meet for the first time. At that time The Minutes consist of: Johnny Sandlin - Drums, Paul Hornsby - Keyboards, Fred Styles - Bass and Eddie Hinton - Guitar & Vocals. After the summer Fred Styles is replaced by Mabron McKinney. (NOTE)
    AUGUST 1966
    Allman Joys recording session at Bradley's Barn in Nashville, TN. (NOTE)
    SEPTEMBER 1966
  The Allman Joys' single 'Spoonful / You Deserve Each Other' is released. (DETAILS)
    NOVEMBER 1966
    The Allman Joys play at Pepe's A Go Go in St. Louis, MO. (NOTE)
  November 25: 'Allman Joys' concert at Fort Brandon Armory' in Tuscaloosa, AL.
    FALL / WINTER 1966
    After the summer bass player Fred Styles leaves 'The Minutes' and is replaced by Mabron McKinney.
A little later Pete Carr succeeds Eddie Hinton as the guitar player. (NOTE)
    1967
  Alnert King's album 'Born Under A Bad Sign' is released. (DETAILS)
    JANUARY 1967
    January 30: Duane Allman got married to his first wife Patricia 'Patti' Ann Chandlee in Jasper County, SC. (NOTE)
    FEBRUARY / MARCH 1967
    Bill Connell leaves 'The Allman Joys' after receiving his draft notice. (NOTE)
    MARCH 1967
    The 'Allman Joys' and the 'Minutes' join forces. For Pete Carr, guitar player for the 'Minutes', there is no place in the new band. (NOTE)
    The new band gather at the house of Johnny Sandlin's parents in Decatur, AL where they rehearse in the garage for a week. Johnny Sandlin records most of the rehearsals. (NOTE)
    Allman-Act (or Allman Joys) record demos of three songs written by Gregg Allman ('Whacha Gonna Do', 'Changing Of The Guard' and 'Richmond') at Boutwell Studio in Birmingham, AL. (NOTE)
    The new band (called Allman-Act or Allman Joys) plays at Pepe's A Go Go and other clubs in St. Louis, MO. Some of the live gigs at Pepe's A Go Go are recorded. (NOTE)
    Meeting with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and their manager Bill McEuen in St. Louis, MO. (NOTE)
    Relocation to Los Angeles and the name of the band is changed to 'Hour Glass'.
John McEuen of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: "They came out and lived with the Dirt Band for the first five months. This was spring to summer ’67. The Dirt Band had a house in the Hollywood Hills. It was four floors. It was on Rodgerton Drive in Beachwood Canyon. There was a whole band staying there, the Dirt Band, and then another band moved in, and that was the Hour Glass. Both groups and assorted friends. It was a hippie crash pad of the ’60s because it was full of musicians and a couple of road guys." (NOTE)
    APRIL 1967
  April 3: Jeff Beck's single 'Hi Ho Silver Lining / Beck's Bolero' is released in the USA.
It is possible that hearing the track 'Beck's Bolero' was Duane's motive to start playing slide guitar, although other stories are also circulating. (NOTE)
    Neil Young from 'Buffalo Springfield' visits an Hour Glass concert at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
    MAY 1967
    May 7: Eric Clapton buys 'Brownie' in London. (NOTE)
    JUNE 1967
    June 22: Hour Glass recording sessions at the 'Sound Recorders Studios' in Los Angeles, CA.
    JULY 1967
    July 26: Clarence Carter records 'Road Of Love' at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.
    AUGUST 1967
  Clarence Carter's single 'She Ain't Gonna Do Right / Road Of Love' is released on Rick Hall's 'Fame' label. Duane doesn't play on these tracks. (NOTE) (DETAILS)
    August 10, 11, 12 & 15: Recording sessions for the first Hour Glass album: 'Hour Glass' at the 'Sound Recorders Studios' in Los Angeles, CA.
    August 21: Recording session for Taj Mahal's first album 'Taj Mahal'. Jesse Ed Davis plays electric slide on 'Statesboro Blues'.
    OCTOBER 1967
  October 15: 'Hour Glass' concert at the First Annual Pop Music Festival at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, CA. (NOTE)
  October 19-21: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
    The Hour Glass single 'Nothing But Tears / Heartbeat' is released.
 

The album 'Hour Glass' is released. (DETAILS)

  Promotional tour of Hour Glass.
    Duane & Gregg meet Dickey Betts in Orlando, FL.
    In Daytona Beach, FL Pete Carr decides to join Hour Glass on a trip to California. He shares an apartment with Duane in Los Angeles.
    NOVEMBER 1967
November 22: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
    November 30 - December 3: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA. (NOTE)
    DECEMBER 1967
    November 30 - December 3: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA. (NOTE)
  December 8 & 9: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Cheetah Club in Venice, CA.
  December 15-17: 'Hour Glass' concerts at The Blue Law in Torrance, CA.
  December 21: 'Buffalo Springfield' and 'Hour Glass' play at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
  December 22: 'Buffalo Springfield' and 'Hour Glass' play at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
  December 23: 'Buffalo Springfield' and 'Hour Glass' play at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
    LATE 1967
    Bob Keller replaces Mabron McKinney as the bass player in 'Hour Glass'.
    Recordings are made during 'Hour Glass' rehearsals at the 'Troubadour' in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. (NOTE)
    1968
  Clarence Carter's album  'This Is Clarence Carter is released. (NOTE) (DETAILS)
  The 31st Of February's album (with Butch Trucks) 'The 31st Of February' is released. (DETAILS)
    EARLY 1968
    Duane does a lot of jamming with Stephen Stills. (NOTE)
  Taj Mahal's first album is released. (NOTE) (DETAILS)
    JANUARY 1968
    Pete Carr becomes the bass player of 'Hour Glass' after Bob Keller had disappeared.
    Recording sessions for the second Hour Glass album 'Power Of Love' at the Liberty Records Studio in Los Angeles, CA.
    FEBRUARY 1968
    Recording sessions for the second Hour Glass album 'Power Of Love' at the Liberty Records Studio in Los Angeles, CA.
  February 9-11: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Avalon Ball Room in San Francisco, CA.
    MARCH 1968
    March 7-9: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA. (NOTE)
    The Hour Glass single 'Power Of Love / I Still Want Your Love' is released.
  The Hour Glass album 'Power Of Love' is released. (DETAILS)
    APRIL 1968
    Promotional tour of Hour Glass.
    April 22: Hour Glass records demos at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL with Jimmy Johnson as recording engineer. (NOTE) (DETAILS)
    MAY 1968
May 2: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
  May 3: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
  May 4: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
  May 10-11: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Cheetah Club in Venice, CA.
May 17-18: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Kaleidoscope in Los Angeles, CA.
  May 17-19: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Cheetah Club in Venice, CA.
  May 24-26: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Avalon Ball Room in San Francisco, CA.
    Hour Glass comes into conflict with record company Liberty who are not interested in the recently recorded Hour Glass demos. (NOTE)
In fact Liberty is only interested in promoting Gregg Allman as a solo singer. (NOTE)
    JUNE 1968
June 6-9: 'Hour Glass' concerts at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA.
Brian Williams, at the time a young agent for the bookers Agency for the Performing Arts recalls the June 9 show that Sunday night closing set saw Janis Joplin, Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs and a slew of other top shelf musicians sitting in with Greg, Duane and Company - all at the same time. (NOTE)
   

June 12: Gregg Allman recording session at the Liberty Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA.

    The members of Hour Glass, besides Gregg Allman, (NOTE) leave Los Angeles and return to St. Louis, MO.  (NOTE)
    The 'Greg Allman & The Hour Glass' single
'D-I-V-O-R-C-E / Changing Of The Guard' is released.
    JULY 1968
  'Hour Glass' concert at the Castaway in Ferguson (St. Louis), MO. (NOTE)
    JULY / AUGUST 1968
    'The New Rock Band' recording sessions at the Tone Studios in Hialeah, FL. (NOTE)
    AUGUST 1968

August 9: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO. (NOTE)
    August 10: 'Hour Glass' concert at the Forest Park World's Fair Pavilion in St. Louis, MO.
  Jeff Beck's album 'Truth' is released. (NOTE)
    SEPTEMBER 1968
    'Hour Glass' breaks up and the band members leave St. Louis, MO. (NOTE)
    The 'Greg Allman & The Hour Glass' single 'She Is My Woman / Going Nowhere' is released.
    Gregg Allman moves from Los Angeles, CA to Daytona Beach, FL and joins his brother Duane.
    Duane and Gregg Allman drive to Jacksonville, FL with the van to make demo recordings with the '31st Of February'. (NOTE)
    The '31st Of February' are recording demos at the Tone Studios in Hialeah, FL. (NOTE)
    Gregg Allman is called back to Los Angeles by record company Liberty because of an outstanding debt. (NOTE)
    The '31st Of February' breaks up as a result of Gregg Allman's departure to Los Angeles, CA. (NOTE)
    September 11 & 16: 'The Bleus' recording sessions at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN.
Additional recordings were made the same month at Muscle Shoals, AL.
Duane Allman plays on the tracks "Milk And Honey", "Leavin' Lisa" and "Julianna's Gone". (NOTE)
    Duane Allman goes to Muscle Shoals, AL and asks Rick Hall of Fame Recording Studios for a job as studio musician. Rick Hall can't offer Duane any work at that time, because he already has enough session guitarists, but Duane decides to hang out and wait for an opportunity to arrive. (NOTE)
    September 18 & 19: Clarence Carter recording sessions at at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  (NOTE)
September 19: Wilson Pickett recording session at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
    OCTOBER 1968
    The 'Greg Allman & The Hour Glass' single 'Now Is The Time / She Is My Woman' is released.
    Duane Allman plays on a number of Clarence Carter recordings at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
  The New Rock Band's single 'Rock Steady / Little David' is released. (NOTE) (DETAILS)
    October 8: Laura Lee recording sessions at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
    October 9 & 10: Laura Lee recording sessions at at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  (NOTE)
    October 28-31: Wilson Pickettt recording sessions at at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  (NOTE)
    Clarence Carters single 'Too Weak To Fight / Let Me Comfort You' is released. Duane doesn't play on these tracks.
    NOVEMBER 1968
  The Bleus' single 'Milk And Honey / Leavin' Lisa' is released. (DETAILS)
    Duane Allman, who stayed with Berry Oakley in Jacksonville, FL at that time, receives a telegram from Rick Hall with an invitation to play at a Wilson Pickett recording session. (NOTE)
    November 1: Barry Goldberg recording sessions at Quin Ivy Studios in Sheffield, Muscle Shoals, AL for the album '2 Jews Blues'. Duane plays on the track 'Twice A Man. (NOTE)
  November 8: the various artists album 'The Original Soul Christmas' is released. Duane doesn't play on this album. (DETAILS)
    November 12: Clarence Carter's recording session for 'The Road Of Love' at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. This would become the first commercially released recording to feature Duane playing a slide guitar solo. This song was originally recorded on July 26, 1967 and on November 12, 1968 it was re-recorded. (NOTE)
    November 12 & 13: Clarence Carter's recording sessions at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
  November 25: King Curtis' single 'The Christmas Song / What Are You Doing New Year's Eve' is released. Duane doesn't play on these songs. (DETAILS)
    November 27: Wilson Pickett recording session at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
    Rick Hall gives Jerry Wexler a call and plays Wilson Pickett's recording of 'Hey Jude' over the telephone. Jerry Wexler is pretty impressed and decides to release it as a single. (NOTE)
    Rick Hall asks Duane Allman to move from Jacksonville, FL to Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
    Jerry Wexler informs Tom Dowd about Duane Allman. (NOTE)
    Arthur Conley recording sessions at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
    DECEMBER 1968
    December 2: Clarence Carter recording session at Fame Recording Studios. The track 'Light My Fire' is recorded. (NOTE)
    December 3: Wilson Pickett recording session at Fame Recording Studios. (NOTE)
    December 6: Arthur Conley recording session at Fame Recording Studios. (NOTE)
    December 14: 'The Lovelles' recording session at Fame Recording Studios. (NOTE)
    The Wilson Pickett single 'Hey Jude / Search Your Heart' is released.
    The Arthur Conley single 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Otis Sleep On' is released.
  Willie Walker's single 'A Lucky Loser / Warm To Cool To Cold' is released. (DETAILS)
    December 17-19: The Soul Survivors recording sessions at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. (NOTE)
    December 21: Wilson Pickett's 'Hey Jude' enters the Cash Box Top 100 and the Billboard Top 100.
    December 21: Cash Box review of Arthur Conley's 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da'.
    Duane returned to Jacksonville and then went to the Miami Pop Festival. (NOTE)
  December 28-30: The second Miami Pop Festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL.
    LATE 1968
    Willie Walker recording session at Fame Recording Studios. (NOTE)
    Spencer Wiggins recording session at Fame Recording Studios. (NOTE)
  Spencer Wiggins' single 'I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You) / Soul City USA' is released. (NOTE) (DETAILS)

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