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Allman Brothers Band

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The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (founder, slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). Subsequently based in Macon, Georgia, they incorporated elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows featured jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.

Their first two studio releases, The Allman Brothers Band (1969) and Idlewild South (1970) (both released by Capricorn Records), stalled commercially, but their 1971 live release At Fillmore East was an artistic and commercial breakthrough. It features extended versions of their songs "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post", and is considered among the best live albums ever made.

Group leader Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident later that year – on October 29, 1971 – and the band dedicated Eat a Peach (1972) to his memory, a dual studio/live album that cemented the band's popularity and featured Gregg Allman's "Melissa" and Dickey Betts's "Blue Sky". Following the motorcycling death of bassist Berry Oakley one year and 13 days later on November 11, 1972, the group recruited keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Lamar Williams for 1973's Brothers and Sisters. The album included Betts's hit single "Ramblin' Man" and instrumental "Jessica", which went on to become classic rock radio staples and placed the group at the forefront of 1970s rock music. Internal turmoil overtook them soon after; the group dissolved in 1976, reformed briefly at the end of the decade with additional personnel changes, and dissolved again in 1982.

The band re-formed once more in 1989, releasing a string of new albums and touring heavily. A series of personnel changes in the late 1990s was capped by the departure of Betts. The group found stability during the 2000s with bassist Oteil Burbridge and guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (the nephew of their original drummer) and became renowned for their month-long string of shows at New York City's Beacon Theatre each spring. The band retired for good in October 2014 after their final show at the Beacon Theatre.

Butch Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on January 24, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 69. Gregg Allman died from complications arising from liver cancer on May 27, 2017 at his home in Georgia, also at 69. The band was awarded seven gold and four platinum albums, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked them 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.

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April 10, 2022

Live at Fillmore East

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the 1971 live double-LP from the Allman Brothers Band, one of rock’n’roll’s best snapshots of a joyous moment.

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February 10, 2022

Trey Anastasio, Black Crowes and Billy Strings to Headline Peach Music Fest

The Peach Music Festival began in 2012 as the first-ever Allman Brothers Band-inspired festival in the Northeast.

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Discs

Down in Texas '71 (Live)

March 26, 2021

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Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival July 3 & 5, 1970

October 23, 2020

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The Final Note (Live at Painters Mill Music Fair - 10-17-71)

October 16, 2020

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Done Somebody Wrong (Live at Painters Mill Music Fair - 10-17-71)

September 3, 2020

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Little Martha (Live At The Beacon Theatre)/Loan Me A Dime (Live At Music Theatre)/Trouble No More (Demo)

February 21, 2020

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Loan Me A Dime (Live At World Music Theatre)/Trouble No More (Demo)

January 31, 2020

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Trouble No More (Demo)

January 14, 2020

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Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection

November 8, 2019

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Fillmore West '71

September 6, 2019

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Bear's Sonic Journals (Live at Fillmore East, February 1970 - Deluxe Edition)

December 13, 2018

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Bear's Sonic Journals: Fillmore East February 1970

August 10, 2018

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Raleigh, Nc 8-10-03

June 15, 2018

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Pittsburgh, Pa 7-26-03

June 15, 2018

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Indianapolis, In 7-25-03

June 15, 2018

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Hartford, Ct 8-3-03

June 15, 2018

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Darien Center, NY 8-2-03

June 15, 2018

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Cream of the Crop 2003

June 15, 2018

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Charlotte, Nc 8-9-03

June 15, 2018

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Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga (September 26, 2004)

March 24, 2017

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Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga (September 25, 2004)

March 24, 2017

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Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga (September 24, 2004)

March 24, 2017

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Live from A&R Studios

April 1, 2016

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Play All Night: Live at The Beacon Theatre 1992

February 14, 2014

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Brothers And Sisters (Super Deluxe)

June 25, 2013

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Brothers And Sisters (Deluxe Edition)

June 25, 2013

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Boston Commons 8/17/71

January 1, 2007

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Don't Keep Me Wondering 7-19-05 (Live)

January 1, 2005

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Warner Theatre, Erie, PA 7-19-05 (Live)

January 1, 2005

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Nassau Coliseum 5/1/73

January 1, 2005

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Macon City Auditorium 2/11/72

January 1, 2004

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One Way Out

January 1, 2004

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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band

September 9, 2003

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Suny at Stonybrook Stonybrook, NY 9/19/71

January 1, 2003

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Hittin' the Note

January 1, 2003

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American University 12/13/70 - Washington, DC

January 1, 2002

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Peakin' at the Beacon

November 14, 2000

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An Evening with The Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set

April 21, 1995

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Where It All Begins

May 3, 1994

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Live at Great Woods 9-6-91

October 13, 1992

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An Evening with The Allman Brothers Band: First Set

June 9, 1992

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Shades of Two Worlds

August 9, 1991

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Seven Turns

July 3, 1990

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Live At Ludlow Garage

April 20, 1990

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Dreams

June 20, 1989

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Brothers Of The Road

August 1, 1981

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Reach For The Sky

August 1, 1980

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Enlightened Rogues

February 1, 1979

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Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas (Live)

November 25, 1976

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Win, Lose Or Draw

August 1, 1975

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Eat A Peach (Deluxe Edition)

February 12, 1972

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Eat A Peach

February 12, 1972

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The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

July 1, 1971

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At Fillmore East

July 1, 1971

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At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)

July 1, 1971

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Idlewild South

September 23, 1970

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Idlewild South (Deluxe Edition Remastered)

September 18, 1970

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The Allman Brothers Band

November 4, 1969

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The Allman Brothers Band (Deluxe)

November 4, 1969

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