The Allman Brothers Band

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The Allman Brothers Band gave explosive live shows that secured their place in rock and roll history.

Brought together by a fateful jam session, the Allman Brothers Band made improvisatory magic.

Hall of Fame Essay


John Swenson

The Allman Brothers Band arrived at apoint in history when rock, jazz, country and blues were colliding in a volatile  fusion. 

In 1969, when The Allman Brothers Band was recorded, no major group marshaled all those musical elements more  effective­ly. Led by the consummate playing skills of guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, the singing and  songwriting of Gregg Allman and the relentless rhythm section of drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe and bassist  Berry Oakley (plus Greggs organ), the band staked out a uniquely American claim on the rock-music van­guard at  the end of a decade dominated by British innovators.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1995
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1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Allman Brothers Band Onstage
road warriors with a vengeance, they left devoted fans wherever they went
Willie Nelson



Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band Jacket, c. 1975/Design by Spirit/Gift of John Smiley
Gregg Allman Spirit Jacket, 1975

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