The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Macon, Georgia, United States, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (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). The band incorporated elements of southern rock, blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows had jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals. The group split initially in 1976 and reformed many times until they finally broke up in 2014. Both Berry Oakley and Duane Allman died in motorcycle accidents on separate occasions in 1971 and 1972, whilst Duane's brother Greg died in 2017 of cancer.
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The Allman Brothers Band were among the Southern rock and blues artists who, at the end of the 1960s and the start of the 1970s, influenced British musicians like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, who namechecked guitarist Duane "Skydog" Allman in their hit single "Brown Sugar".
Peel too was a fan of the Allman Brothers Band in the 1970's and nominated their instrumental "Jessica" in his Peelenium 1973. The track also appeared in Peel's first annual Festive Fifty in 1976. "Jessica" was also the theme tune of Top Gear - not the BBC Radio One show presented by Peel but the popular British TV series about cars, long hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
In the 1970s, Peel played tracks by bands led by Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, both former members of the Allman Brothers, and the DJ also revisited the band's version of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" in 1999.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1976 Festive Fifty: Jessica #38
- Peelenium 1973: Jessica
Other Shows Played
- 03 January 1970: Black Hearted Woman (LP - The Allman Brothers Band) Atco
- 24 January 1970: It's Not My Cross To Bear (LP - The Allman Brothers Band) Atlantic
- 14 February 1970: Every Hungry Woman (LP – Allman Brothers Band) Atlantic
- 14 March 1970: Trouble No More (LP - The Allman Brothers Band) Atlantic
- 04 April 1970: Black Hearted Woman (LP - The Allman Brothers Band) Atlantic
- 07 November 1970: Hoochie Coochie Man (LP - The Allman Brothers Band) Atco
- 14 April 1972: Trouble No More (2xLP – Eat A Peach) Capricorn
- 02 May 1972: One Way Out (LP - Eat A Peach) Capricorn
- 01 September 1972: Statesboro Blues (LP - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East) Atlantic
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 4: Blue Sky (LP - Eat A Peach) Capricorn
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 4: One Way Out (LP - Eat A Peach) Capricorn
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 4: Melissa (LP - Eat A Peach) Capricorn
- 20 March 1973: Black Hearted Woman (2xLP – Beginnings) Atlantic
- 26 April 1973: One Way Out (2xLP – Eat A Peach) Capricorn
- 19 June 1973: Done Somebody Wrong (2xLP: At Fillmore East) Atlantic
- 25 December 1973: Southbound (LP - Brothers And Sisters) Capricorn
- 14 April 1975: unknown
- Where It's At: Statesboro Blues
- 27 December 1976: Jessica (LP – Brothers And Sisters) Capricorn FF #38
- 14 July 1978: Statesboro Blues (LP - At Fillmore East) Capricorn
- Jerry Wexler: Soul Man: Statesboro Blues
- 17 November 1999: Jessica (LP – Brothers And Sisters) Capricorn Peelenium 1973