After 45 years, the Allman Brothers Band has packed it in. Here are Gregg Allman's parting words:
“Just a few years ago, I was called to come and meet these guys in Jacksonville, Fla.,” Mr. Allman said, by way of a closing speech. “It was kind of a little stiff in the room, until one of them handed me a lyric sheet and said, ‘Sing.’ This was at about 3:30 in the afternoon, on March 26, 1969.”
I can't say I blame them. Everyone hits retirement age (although most of them will continue playing on their own once in a while).
I'm pretty good with dates and concerts, but I've lost track of how many times I've seen the Allman Brothers — probably around 15 times. In my earliest shows, they were too high to be very good. Then my wife and I started dating, and she said they'd cleaned up a bit and were supposed to better. Boy, were they ever.
There's about 10 tunes that I rank highly, but this one is my favorite:
I still remember the first time I heard this song. By then it was a "classic hit" that didn't get played on the radio much. And there I was in my car on N. Forest Rd. in Williamsville wondering what this amazing song was.
I just looked through my MP3 list. I have 2 other songs by them that I rate at 5 stars, and a half-dozen more that I rate at 4.5 stars. I'm a pretty serious music buff. I have about 30K files, and (according to my database) less than 1% of them get 5 stars.
Not bad. Not bad at all.