Duane Allman and Dickey Betts tear it up (Video)

Thanks to YouTube this stuff will never die.

Duane Allman, brother of Greg Allman and co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, is turning up in more places that I realized.

For one thing, I had no idea that one of my all-time favorite songs “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton) featured Duane Allman on his Gibson Les Paul guitar, as well as slide guitar;

The Allman Brothers Band went on to become one of the most influential rock groups of the 1970s, described by Rolling Stone’s George Kimball in 1971 as “the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years.”[5] After months of nonstop rehearsing and gigging, including free shows in Macon’s Central City Park and Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, the group was ready to settle on the Allman Brothers Band name, and to record. Their debut album, The Allman Brothers Band, was recorded in New York in September 1969 and released a few months later. In the midst of intense touring, work began in Macon and Miami (Atlantic South – Criteria Studios), and a little bit in New York, on the ABB’s second album, Idlewild South. Produced mostly by Tom Dowd, Idlewild South was released in August 1970 and broke ground for the ABB by quickly hitting the Billboard charts.

A group date in Miami, also that August, gave Allman the chance to participate in Eric Clapton’s Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Clapton had long wanted to meet Allman; when he heard that the Allman Brothers were due to play in Miami, where he had just started work on Layla with producer Tom Dowd, he insisted on going to see their concert, where he met Allman. At one point, Allman cautiously asked Clapton if he could come by the studio to watch. After the show the two bands—the Allman Brothers Band and Derek and the Dominos—returned to Criteria, where Allman and Clapton quickly formed a deep rapport during an all-night jam session.[6] Allman wound up participating on most of the album’s tracks, contributing some of his best-known work. Allman never left the Allman Brothers Band, though, despite being offered a permanent position with Clapton. Allman never toured with Derek and the Dominos, but he did make three appearances with them on December 1, 1970 at the Curtis Hixon Hall (Soulmates LP) and the following day at Onondaga County War Memorial, and one appearance (or possibly just Delaney Bramlett or both Duane and Delaney) November 20, 1970[7] at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Calif.

That blew me away, as did his performance below, good stuff;

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About Erick Brockway

Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy!
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One Response to Duane Allman and Dickey Betts tear it up (Video)

  1. Gibbets 3 says:

    After the show the two bands—the Allman Brothers Band and Derek and the Dominos—returned to Criteria, where Allman and Clapton quickly formed a deep rapport during an all-night jam session. Allman wound up participating on most of the album’s tracks, contributing some of his best-known work.

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