ible tapes of those sessions: Betts playing the chrorus of "Ramblin' Man" (then called "Ramblin' Country Man"); the whole band playing a jazzy, freeform version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things"; and three different versions of "Blue Sky," with Dickey showing it to the band and everyone working out their parts. That's how they worked songs out - individually bringing ideas in and jamming them into songs. A few months later, they went to Miami and began recording.
At the end of October, the Allman Brothers took a well-deserved break from the sessions and returned to Macon. After showing up at the band's "Big House"to offer birthday greetings to Berry Oakley's wife, Linda, on October 29, Duane took off on his motorcycle. He swerved to avoid a truck and was killed in the resulting fall. He was one month shy of his twenty-fifth birthday.
Gregg wrote "Ain't Wasting Time No More" within three weeks of Duane's death, and it was the last thing put on Eat A Peach. It's a perfect summation of the band's view of how they were going to handle things. The band played Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving (three weeks after Duane's death), so they clearly never thought about not con-