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The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969. The band's original lineup consisted of Duane Allman (lead guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals, organ), Dickey Betts (lead guitar), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny Johanson (drums, percussion). The band was known for their blend of blues, rock, and jazz, and became one of the pioneers of the Southern rock genre.

The Allman Brothers Band released their debut album, "The Allman Brothers Band," in 1969. The album featured the hit song "Whipping Post" and helped establish the band's reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock music. Over the next decade, the band would release a series of critically acclaimed albums, including "Idlewild South" (1970), "At Fillmore East" (1971), and "Eat a Peach" (1972).

Tragically, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Berry Oakley died in a similar accident just a year later. Despite these losses, the band continued to record and perform, releasing a number of successful albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Brothers and Sisters" (1973) and "Enlightened Rogues" (1979).

The Allman Brothers Band officially disbanded in 2014, after more than four decades of making music. The band's legacy lives on, however, through their influential contributions to Southern rock, their impressive catalog of music, and their reputation as one of the greatest live bands of all time.

With no slight to Lynyrd Skynyrd intended, these guys wrote the book on Southern Rock. -GSH


The Kings (1960 - ?)  (Daytona Beach, Florida)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals - b. December 8, 1947, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Duane Allman - guitar - b. November 20, 1946, Nashville, Tennessee; d. October 29, 1971, Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Joys (1965 - 1967)
The Hourglass I (1967 - 1968) (Los Angeles, California)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/vocals
  • Duane Allman - guitar
  • Paul Hornsby - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Mabron McKinley - bass
  • Johnny Sandlin - drums
Album:
  1. "Hourglass" (1967)

The Hourglass II (1968) (Los Angeles, California)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/vocals
  • Duane Allman - guitar
  • Paul Hornsby - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Jesse Willard Carr - bass
  • Johnny Sandlin - drums
Album:
  1. "Power of Love" (1968)

The Hourglass III (1968) (Los Angeles, California)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/vocals
  • Duane Allman - guitar
  • Paul Hornsby - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Pete Carr - bass
  • Johnny Sandlin - drums

The 31st of February (1968)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/vocals
  • Duane Allman - guitar
  • Scott Boyer - guitar/vocals
  • David Brown - bass
  • Butch Trucks - drums - b. Jacksonville, Florida
Album:
  1. "Duane and Gregg" (1968)

The Second Coming (1968)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals - b. December 12, 1943, West Palm Beach, Florida - formerly with Tommy Roe and the Romans.
  • Dale Betts - keyboards/vocals
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Berry Oakley - bass - b. April 4, 1948, Chicago, Illinois; d. November 11, 1972, Macon, Georgia - formerly with Tommy Roe and the Romans.
  • John Meeks - drums

The Allman Brothers Band I (1968 - 1971)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Duane Allman - guitar
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals
  • Berry Oakley - bass
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums - b. John Lee Johnson on July 8, 1944, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
  • Butch Trucks - drums
Albums:
  1. "The Allman Brothers Band" (1969)
  2. "Idlewild South" (1970)
  3. "At Fillmore East" (live) (1971)
  4. "Live at Ludlow's Garage, 1970" (1990)
  5. "Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970" (2-CDs) (2003)
Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971, in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Brothers Band II (1971 - 1972)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals
  • Berry Oakley - bass
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums
  • Butch Trucks - drums
  • Les Dudek - guitar [Ref: Buddy McPeters, August 24, 2006]
Albums:
  1. "Eat a Peach" (1972)
Berry Oakley died on November 11, 1972, in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Brothers Band III (1972 - 1978)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums
  • Butch Trucks - drums
  • Chuck Leavell - keyboards
  • Lamar Williams - bass - b. 1947; d. January 25, 1983, Los Angeles, California (Agent Orange-related cancer).
Albums:
  1. "Brothers and Sisters" (1973)
  2. "Beginnings" (1974)
  3. "Win, Lose or Draw" (1975)
  4. "The Road Goes On Forever" (2-CDs) (1975)
  5. "Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas" (1976)
Chuck Leavell, Lamar Williams, and Jai Johanny Johanson form jazz-tinted Sea Level with guitarist Jimmy Nalls.

The Allman Brothers Band IV (1978 - 1982)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums
  • Butch Trucks - drums
  • Dan Toler - guitar
  • Rook Goldflies - bass
Albums:
  1. "Enlightened Rogues" (1979)
  2. "Reach for the Sky" (1980)
  3. "Brothers of the Road" (1981)

The Allman Brothers Band V (1982) Group disbands.  Butch Trucks forms Trucks.

The Allman Brothers Band VI (1989 - 1990) (reformed)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums
  • Butch Trucks - drums
  • Warren Haynes - guitar
  • Allen Woody - bass
  • Johnny Neel - keyboards
Albums:
  1. "Seven Turns" (1990)

The Allman Brothers Band VII (1990 - 1998)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Dickey Betts - guitar/vocals
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums
  • Butch Trucks - drums
  • Warren Haynes - guitar
  • Allen Woody - bass
Albums:
  1. "Shades of Two Worlds" (1991)
  2. "An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band" (1992)
  3. "Where It All Begins" (1994)
  4. "2nd Set" (1995)

The Allman Brothers Band VIII (1998 - 2003)
  • Gregg Allman - keyboards/guitar/vocals
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (a.k.a. Jaimoe) - drums
  • Butch Trucks - drums
  • Warren Haynes - guitar
  • Allen Woody - bass
  • Derek Trucks - guitar
Albums:
  1. "Hittin' The Note" (2003)
Warren Haynes and Allen Woody form Gov't Mule.
Duane Allman solo:
  1. "Anthology" (1972)
  2. "Anthology, vol. 2" (1974)

Gregg Allman solo:
  1. "Laid Back" (1974)
  2. "The Gregg Allman Tour" (1974)
  3. "Allman and Woman" (1977) (with wife Cher)
  4. "Searching for Simplicity" (1997)

The Gregg Allman Band:
  1. "Playin' Up a Storm" (1977)
  2. "I'm No Angel" (1987)
  3. "Just Before the Bullets Fly" (1988)

Dickey Betts solo:
  1. "Highway Call" (1974)
  2. "Dickey Betts and Great Southern" (1977) (Dickey Betts and Great Southern)
  3. "Atlanta's Burning Down" (1978) (Dickey Betts and Great Southern)
  4. "Pattern Disruptive" (1988) (The Dickey Betts Band)

Compilations:
  1. "The Best of the Allman Brothers Band" (1981)
  2. "Dreams" (box set) (1989)
  3. "A Decade of Hits (1969-79)" (1991)
  4. "Stand Back: The Anthology" (2-CDs) (2004)

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Last Revised:  August 27, 2006
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