Today in 1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.
Allman is best known for his legendary guitar work on The Allman Brothers Band’s Live At The Fillmore, released shortly before his death, and his contributions to the Derek & The Dominoes album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs where he worked closely with Eric Clapton. In an interview featured in Guitar Player magazine, Allman told listeners how to tell who played what: Eric played the Fender parts and Duane played the Gibson parts. He continued by nonchalantly noting that the Fender had a sparklier sound, while the Gibson produced more of a “full-tilt screech”. Clapton wrote later in his autobiography that he and Allman were inseparable during the sessions in Florida; he talked about Allman as the “musical brother I’d never had but wished I did.”
In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Allman at #2 in their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix.
Duane Allman’s daughter Galadrielle recently released a book of memoirs titled “Please Be With Me,” in which she pieces together the story of her father’s life. Below is an interview with her from CBS This Morning.