In a studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Duane Allman was bending notes on a Stratocaster guitar in ways that seemed to defy physics. Encouraged by Macon promoter Phil Walden to organize a band, Duane recruited his brother, Gregg, for vocals and keyboards; Jaimoe Johnson and Butch Trucks on drums; Berry Oakley as bassist; and Dickey Betts as guitarist and lyricist. When these powerhouse players came together in 1969 and riffed off each other in all-night, sweat-soaked jam sessions, they forged a new genre of music that drew from blues, jazz and country but resounded with thrilling originality: Southern rock. The band anchored Capricorn Records, producing classics such as “Ramblin’ Man,” “Statesboro Blues” and “Whipping Post,” among others. The live album "At Fillmore East" is extolled as one of rock’s masterworks. Despite the deaths of Duane and Berry in motorcycle accidents in the early 1970s, the band endured and continues to tour today. "Rolling Stone" has ranked the Allman Brothers Band among the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
The iconic photograph taken by the late Jim Marshall graces the cover of the seminal "Live at Fillmore East" album. Credit: Jim Marshall
Enter the gate at the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon to experience 40-plus years of memorabilia and music.
In Macon, "Mama Louise" Hudson's cooking is a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band. Credit: Ken Krakow
Duane Allman and Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. Credit: Mary Ann Bates
Rock Candy Tours in Macon, Georgia, includes a stop at H&H restaurant, a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band.
Vintage instruments, costumes, photographs and more are among the historic artifacts on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum.
Inspired by this statue in Rose Hill Cemetery, the Allman Brothers Band penned the song "Little Martha." Credit: Kelly Sullivan Joyner
The Allman Brothers Band performs at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.