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Posted: 9:37 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2013

Ten Things You Didnt Know About The Allman Brothers 

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The Allman Brothers backstage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

By Rocky


1-Blue Sky was written for Dickey Betts Native American girlfriend, Sandy "Bluesky" Wabegijig. They married in 1973 and divorced two years later. They had one child, Jessica, who also has a song about her.

2- Gregg Allman celebrated his eighteenth birthday in 1965, smack in the draft era. Duane determined that the Army wouldn’t be getting his little brother threw him a “foot-shooting” party, plying him with speed and whiskey. Gregg painted a target on his left moccasin. In the rush to the hospital, he and Duane forgot about the target he had painted on the moccasin, so Duane had to sneak back into the operating room and grab the mangled shoe back. The next day, Gregg showed up at the induction center with a huge bandage and crutches, he was quickly disqualified. 

3- Duane Allman was left-handed, but learned to play guitar right-handed.

4- In memory of Elizabeth Reed, Dickey Betts wrote this, he used to like to write in a local cemetery, it was quiet, and he wouldn’t be bothered. Elizabeth Reed Napier is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia, where Betts would often write. He used the name from her headstone as the title because he did not want to reveal who the song was really about. Duane Allman and Berry Oakley are buried in the same cemetery as Elizabeth Reed Napier. 

5- The Brothers and Sisters album features two children on the cover; however they are NOT brother and sister. The two kids, Vaylor Trucks,is the son of drummer Butch Trucks, and Brittany Oakley, is the daughter of bassist Berry Oakley.

6- Rambling Man, one of the biggest songs by the band, has rarely been performed live by the band, in fact since the departure of Dickey Betts, who wrote and sang the song; the band has not played that song.

7- Live at the Fillmore, the album cover features the group sitting with a bunch of road cases, against a brick wall. None of the pictures of the band for the cover were actually taken at the Fillmore East. 

8- Butch Trucks, one of the Allmans drummers is NOT the father of Allmans guitarist Derek Trucks, he is his uncle!

9 - Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe, who was an original member, was fired from the band in 1980 for having back issues, stemming from a car accident. When he was fired, he lived in near poverty for almost a decade; in 1990 when he was invited back in the band he was almost homeless.

10 – The Allman Brothers road crew was almost as famous as the band themselves, one roadie Joseph L. Campbell aka The Legendary Red Dog was a roadie for over a thirty years.


About Rocky

Hello, I'm Rocky, when I was a teenager growing up in West Babylon, I used to hang in the WBAB parking lot while listening to the radio, all the while dreaming I could be working on the air.

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