Saturday, October 29, 2011

Duane Allman: Oct 20, 1946 - Oct 29, 1971

As you can see today is the 40th anniversary of his death. I will miss him as long as I live but one thing Duane would not want is for anyone to mourn for him. Rather I will add a copy of his discography. Spend some time today reveling in the joy of life that Duane left behind in the music he played. You have much to choose from. Remember Duane Allman. He made this world a better place.


  1. Thanks for reminding me. And I agree: Duane's playing said it all.

  2. Spun Mountain Jam, Blue Sky and Little Martha to remember. My favorite guitarist in the world. Thanks, Butch.


  3. Thanks, Butch! Duane's playing was the magnet that drew me to the Allman brothers as I was growing up. There will never be another like him. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    God Bless,


  4. I woke up today and played the album an anthology . Plain and simple duane made great musicians music even better. His music will continue to endure. He helped form one hell of a band that certainly has endured.

  5. Astonishing what he accomplished in such a short, short time. One can only wonder what he'd be playing if he were still around.

  6. Truly, a shining star for the ages.
    Thanks Butch.

    Ed DiCapua (Great Caesar's Ghost)

  7. He DID make the world a better place, and his example made me a better man.

  8. In Memory of Duane Allman.

    Thank you.

  9. Little Martha !!!

  10. I can't even think of my life without brother Duane and all of you The Allman Brothers Band: you all together made this world a better place. Now I'm 51 and sure I can say that. Giampiero Spinelli from Italy

  11. The great ones always leave us way too early but thankfully their legacies live on forever in their music. What a great musician. There is no doubt that Duane is one of the best that ever played!!! Butch, you are blessed to have had the opportunity to make wonderful music with a truly gifted man. Rock On!

  12. To this day, I remember the first time I heard the Allman Brothers Band. I don't remember the exact date, but it would have been in the mid-eighties, in London, UK. I'd have been about 16 years old.

    I was sitting in my mother's car, waiting for her to finish a game of tennis, fiddling with the radio. They were broadcasting an old ABB live set, possibly one of the Fillmore albums. I was mesmerised by the intertwining lead guitars, the jazzy rhythm section and the dreamy Hammond. I'm not sure that before then I knew what slide guitar was. I certainly hadn't heard anything like it before.

    I set out to find out what I could about the Allmans, collecting LPs where I could from second-hand record stores. This was before the internet, and nobody I knew had ever heard of the band. It wasn't long before I found "Brothers and Sisters" and realised that Duane had died, not recently, but when I was 2.

    The knowledge that I would run out of new material recorded by the Allman Brothers Band, with Duane, was like a punch in the gut.

  13. You guys are ALL INCREDIBLY AMAZING. And Duane man, I can never get tired of listening. He knew the secret and told us with his life and playing - Soul Serenade in the A&R recording studio, angels singing man. The light that you brothers continue to bring into the world with the vibrant, fresh music you all make is something Duane's spirit shines through, we can all feel it at the shows man ! I can't wait to see all you guys in Boston for four nights. The intent behind what comes out of the Allman's brothers music is truly a beautiful thing, and it means as much to as many people as ever. Bless, and wail on ol' skydog ! your light burns brightly

  14. Thanks for the playlist. I grew up in a river town in Florida and ABB was a phenom the likes of a perfect storm. You guys showed up and we knew from our redneck bohemian perspective that you guys were playing just for us. A perfect combination of talent at the right time and the right place. The fact that ABB grew to transcend all of that is Duane's legacy and a tribute to all of you. Thanks for sharing this with us Butch. Such a thoughtful and loving gift to the members of the culture that remember.
    ~ Patti


  16. I remembered. And I celebrated his music! I am so glad for the many gifts he left for us to enjoy for a lifetime.

    All the best to you and your family!


  17. Hey Butch - this is as political as I get on a blog :) Maybe Ry Cooder has something here


  18. Ummm, not to nitpick, because I whole-heartedly dig the spirit of the post, but isn't Duane's birthdate "November" 20, 1946?

    Thank you Duane for creating some of my favorite music.

  19. I did not dare to say the same thing... Giampiero Spinelli

  20. oops guess you guys are right - thank god for wikipedia - born Nov 20, 1946 - so a typo - the spirit of the post was to honor the anniversary of Duane's death 40 yrs Oct 29 1971

    now the important question - do you know your wedding anniversary date - that is the date you don't want to forget :)) :))) In Memory of HDA

    now let's see mine was in March.......I think 1980 something - early in the month as I recall... :) :) bummer I can't find myself on wikipedia.....somebody help !!!!! :) :)

  21. Duane's life should celebrated; and his music
    will live on forever.

    Duane's tone, techniques, and varied styles
    are unmatched.

    Long live the memory of the good brother
    Duane Allman.

    I could see him jammin with EC, JAY-Z, Jazz
    impresarios, and headlining at the crossroads
    festival every year.

    Your nephew carries his torch and yet set's
    himself as a unique talent in his own right.

  22. I remember the last time. July 31, 1971 at The Park in North Baltimore, Ohio

    We were smokin' a Jumbo on the front row and Duane asked for a toke, passed it around the stage, and then returned it to us.

    When I think of this, I also think of this...

    "I've seen fire and I've seen rain
    I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
    I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
    But I always thought that I'd see you again."
    James Taylor~ Fire and Rain

  23. I found the ticket for the above mentioned show in North Baltimore, Ohio.

    First, notice the spelling of "The Allmon Brothers".
    Second, check out the price for an all day event w/ Cowboy and other groups.

  24. OK Ya I know..This may sound and be a little off topic {maybe even off the wall}and not PC but had the urge to come over and ask...(long story short...) was just watching a video of Bing Crosby and Karen Carpenter together... Butch What's ya experience with some of the other greats?? of Ya life...etc etc

  25. I was passing through Macon on the 28th and after starting at the Big House, stopped by the crash site- just a few blocks down the hill from where I used to live on Hillcrest when I was in college in the eighties. Just before midnight I read a few memorial comments aloud from fellow Duane fans I know online. I've tried to make this a yearly tradition since I'm always passing through Macon around that date. I went by Berry's spot and remembered him, too.

    Thing is, though, I remember those guys every day and always will.

  26. Happy Birthday Duane!

  27. I believe you got Duane's birth date wrong in this post. November instead of October.

    Haven't heard much of you lately. Busy rehearsing for Philly/Boston tour?


  28. In Memory of America: A Conversation with the Allman Brothers Band’s Butch Trucks

    In the latter half of the 19th century, railroad travel revolutionized the psyche of the American people. Culture and philosophy from the South could now permeate the North, and vice-versa, delivering national solidarity and fraternity that railways today still provide.......follow the link to read the rest

    and y'all have a great turkey day !!!
    Live At the Fillmore East and Eat A Peach coming at you very soon !!!

    In the same way, Butch Trucks, christened “The Freight Train” as founding member a

  29. Butch,
    I have been admiring your writing a great deal, especially about your relationship with Duane. I found this quote from Thoreau this morning and thought you might appreciate it. In my view, you and your family have fulfilled Thoreau's dictum so beautifully. Thank you!

    "On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world." (Journal February 28, 1840)

  30. Butch
    Saw the first two shows in Boston. Once again, my beloved Brothers have yet to disappoint me.
    As I leave Boston today, I can't help but smile looking forward to March.

    Janine / Long Island

  31. Long live the memory of Duane Allman -

    I never did see him play live, I first saw the band at Watkins Glen in '73 as a 15 yr old... That was a life changing "get on the bus" experience. But nobody is really interested in that...

    What yer interested in is that Wolfgang's Vault has a couple of videos with Duane from the Fillmore East 9/23/70 starting at:

    Play on Bros. Play on... And Butch, if you could tell some Watkins Glen tales someday I'd love it.

  32. I went to Rose Hill a few days after the 40th anniversary of his death. I have been there many times to visit Duane, B.O., Elizabeth Reed and Little Martha. It brings me such peace to be in that beautiful quiet place. I can see why you guys loved to hang out there in the early days. I like the work that was done around the gravesites and glad that the angels were replaced by Galadrielle and Brittany. When I die I am going to be cremated but my wife knows to disperse my ashes at Rose Hill. It's where I want to be when the time comes.

  33. TommyBoy27@juno.comMarch 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Hello Mr. Trucks: Your blog is great-please don't stop! I first saw the Bros in 72 so I missed Duane. I sure do love him though. He must have been quite a character. As a teen I collected all the albums he played on and I still have them. I was thinking about donating them to the big house but I think i'll keep them. This year my wife and I are going to travel down to Macon to check things out. I want to see where it all happened. Thanks for all the stories-it's nice to hear backround things we never knew. Thank You for working so hard all these years-Tom and Sue

  34. TommyBoy27@juno.comMarch 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I just want to add one more thing about Duane. It's his attitude. This was a can do no matter what type of guy that would put up with no BS what so ever. I just love that. few people have what it takes and he did. I love his sense of humor too. Stuff like happily married man...really I think that was tongue and cheek up to a certain extent. I think if he would have lived he would have reached out to his daughter and family at some point and he would have gotten Gregg to do the same. They were just too young and wild at that point to settle down. It was great to see Duane and Berrys daughters together at the Grammys. I'll bet they've been tight all these years having such a common bond and legacy. It breaks my heart they really never knew their fathers.

  35. Thank you, Butch. You made this world a better place, too, Brother! ❤️