Allman Brothers Leader Dies In Cycle Accident
(first published in 'The Macon Telegraph', October 30,
Duane Allman, founder and lead singer of the nationally
prominent Macon based Allman Brothers Band, was killed last
night when his motorcycle spun out of control.
Allman never regained consciousness from the accident and died
at 8:40 p.m. at the Middle Georgia Medical Center.
The accident occurred at 5:44 p.m. as Allman was traveling west
on Hillcrest Avenue through the Bartlett Avenue intersection
according to investigating Bluecoat Officers Ray Gurganious and
J. E. Lister.
Allman lost control of his motorcycle just after a truck driven
by Charles Wertz had entered the intersection and turned north
from Hillcrest onto Bartlett, police said.
In a statement to police, Wertz said, “After completing a half
turn (onto Bartlett), I saw a motorcycle about 20 feet behind my
truck. I slowed and heard a crush. I stopped and couldn’t tell
whether the man on the motorcycle had hit me or not. “I saw a
boy lying on the pavement with the cycle going as fast as it
could, I walked over and shut it off.”
In his statement, Wertz said he felt no impact or jar; that he
didn’t know if Allman had crashed into his truck or not.
Investigating police officers Gurganious and Lister said in
their opinion the truck and the motorcycle did not collide. They
said they couldn’t find any evidence that the two had hit. The
officers said they also found no evidence that Allman had
applied brakes before he swerved left to keep from hitting the
truck’s right rear end.
The investigating officers said Allman skidded about 90 feet
across the intersection’s center line. No charges have been
Exam physician Dr. Charles Burton said Allman had a severe head
wound and a bad chest bruise. In the course of the accident,
Allman had lost his helmet.
Frank Fenter, president of Capricorn Records for whom the Allman
Brothers recorded, described Allman as the world’s premier rock
Allman had been in Macon for two days, coming off a Florida
vacation which followed a west coast tour with the band he and
his brother, Greg Allman, founded.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 11, l946. Duane Allman had called
Macon home for three years after migrating from Florida to Los
Angeles to Muscle Shoals, Ala.
“He was featured picker with Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton,
Laura Nyro, Herbie Mann, and Wilson Pickett,’ said Fenter. “But
above all, his memorable achievement was in forming The Allman
Brothers Band, It was certainly the communally artistic rock and
roll-band ever seen or heard."
“And with The Allman Brothers’ third album, “The Allman Brothers
Band Live at Fillmore East” they achieved the highest accolade:
the golden album for sales exceeding $1 million.”
The Allman Brothers were preparing for their next tour which
would have begun Nov. 14 and played Boston, Providence, RI. New
Haven, Conn. and Bangor, Me. The tour would have concluded with
a New York City concert at Carnegie Hall.
The Allman Brothers last played Macon at a May 15 Grand Opera
House concert for the Macon Jaycees, with all proceeds going to
the High Hope School for mentally retarded.
The group had also played the closing in June at Bill Graham’s
Fillmore East in New York, a concert hall which first heard many
of the country’s most successful rock groups.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by
Memorial Chapel Funeral Directors.