The Allman Brothers Band defined Southern rock in the ’70s, but they were far more than just some rock band from the South. They blended elements of blues, jazz, R&B, country, and rock and created their own unique sound. Just listen to their classic rock staples like ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ ‘Midnight Rider,’ ‘Melissa,’ and ‘Whipping Post.’ When keyboardist and singer Gregg Allman announced that the band’s appearance in October of 2014 would be the last time the Allman Brothers Band would appear in concert, fans were downtrodden.
The band’s members were moving on to solo side projects. But this split was the finale of a wild 45-year ride that was riddled with tragedies. The American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1969. Duane and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson faced major ups and downs. And it all started when Mr. Allman was killed when the boys were just two and three years old.
This is the history of The Allman Brothers Band.