Five For Friday: Duane Allman, Part 2 (One Guy, Multiple Acts)

As promised last week, we’ll spend a second week looking at the career of Duane Allman, lead and slide guitar extraordinaire for the Allman Brothers Band as well as a session musician whose career as both was covered by the two anthology albums Duane Allman: Anthology (1972) and Duane Allman: An Anthology, Volume 2 (1974).

  1. Otis Rush, "You Reap What You Sow": From Otis’s first album, 1969’s Mourning In The Mourning (Otis had been recording sincls since 1955), produced by Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield of the Electric Flag. The song was written by Bllomfield, Gravenites, and Paul Butterfield, and Mark Naftalin (former Butterfield sideman) is playing keyboards.

  2. Ronnie Hawkins, "Matchbox": Canadian-American artist Hawkins was partly responsible for the start of The Band. On this Carl Perkins classic from Hawkins’s 1970 eponymous debut, Duane plays slide guitar and King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell) plays harmonica.

  3. Herbie Mann, "Push Push": An important figure in jazz fusion, this was the title track from Mann’s 1971 album. Duane plays the guitar solo on this track.

  4. Boz Scaggs, "Waiting For A Train": Before Boz went yacht rock, he was a rock/country/blues singer who had spent time with Steve Miller. This Jimmie Rodgers song is from Boz’s 1969 eponymous second album. That’s Duane on dobro.

  5. Sam Samudio, "Goin’ Upstairs": Better known as Sam the Sham, 1971’s Sam, Hard And Heavy was the only album released under his real name. "Goin’ Upstairs" is a John Lee Hooker jam that closed out the album. Duane’s slide guitar is prominent on this.

Duane Allman, your Five For Friday, March 19, 2021.

11 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Duane Allman, Part 2 (One Guy, Multiple Acts)

    1. His career as a session musician was only four years, but in that time he worked with so many people in different genres: blues, soul, rock, even some jazz and funk. A lot of his work with the Allman Brothers bordered on fusion. He was only almost 25 when he died….

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