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

The other day on the Weekly Song Challenge I chose as my song for "a coin" Boz Scaggs’s "Loan Me A Dime," mentioning that it had some fiery guitar work by Duane Allman. I first heard that on Capricorn Records’s 1972 album Duane Allman: An Anthology, which was a summary of the late lead and slide guitarist’s work with The Allman Brothers Band as well as the session work he did for such luminaries as Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and others. He did so much session work, in fact, that Capricorn ended up releasing Duane Allman: An Anthology, Volume 2 in 1974. Listening to the albums again reminded me what a remarkable guitarist he was and how he could be comfortable playing just about any genre. I practically read the words off the pages of the booklet that came with the first book, and I’ll share some of those as we go through some of the better songs (i.e. the ones I like best) from the first Anthology. Which means that, at a later date (probably next Friday), I’ll be sharing songs from the second.

  1. Wilson Pickett, "Hey Jude": As I recall, it was Duane who suggested that Pickett cover "Hey Jude. Pickett was reluctant, but they started jamming on the song and pretty soon they had a possible hit on their hands. The song reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #13 on the R&B chart. Eric Clapton heard this and wanted to know who the guitar player was, and a couple of years later invited Duane to play with Derek & The Dominoes. Jerry Wexler, head of Atlantic Records, hired Duane to work on other Atlantic Records projects, while Jimmy Johnson, guitarist with the Muscle Shoals house band, said that Duane’s performance was the beginning of Southern Rock.
  2. Aretha Franklin, "The Weight": One of the first beneficiaries of Duane’s session work was Aretha Franklin, who used Duane on her 1970 album This Girl’s In Love With You, from which "The Weight" was taken. The song reached #19 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart the previous year.
  3. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, "Livin’ On The Open Road": Songers and songwriters Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett fronted Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, which at one time or another included Duane and his brother Gregg, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, George Harrison, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, and King Curtis. Duane and Delaney became close friends through their association, and it led to Clapton asking Duane to play on the Layla sessions. This is a track from D&B’s 1970 album To Bonnie From Delaney.
  4. Derek & The Dominoes, "Layla": Duane participated on 1970’s Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. The title track features both Eric and Duane playing slide guitar: the solo at the end of the first part of the song was played by Duane, who recorded it on a Gibson Les Paul, while the slide in the second part is played by Eric, who recorded it on a Fender Stratocaster. "Layla" was released in 1971 and only reached #52 in the US; its re-release, in 1972, reached #10.
  5. Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues": From the ABB’s 1971 live album At The Fillmore East. It was written by Blind Willie McTell and The Allmans’ version was inspired by Taj Mahal’s 1968 recording with Jesse Ed Davis playing slide guitar. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ranked it #57 on their list of "100 Songs Of The South," while Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #9 on their list of "100 Greatest Guitar Songs."

Duane Allman, your Five For Friday, March 12, 2021.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Female Child Stars Results

Last week I had a Battle of the Bands between three female child stars, Shelley Fabares (Mary Stone from The Donna Reed Show), Patty Duke (Patty and Cathy Lane from The Patty Duke Show), and Annette Funicello from The Mickey Mouse Club. I thought this was going to be a closer battle than the one between the boys.I thought wrong.

Shelley – 12

  • Jack
  • Eugenia
  • Paula
  • Frank
  • Arlee
  • Dan
  • Birgit
  • Willow
  • Janet
  • Max
  • Mary B
  • Mike

Patty – 1

  • Stephen

Annette – 2

  • Cathy
  • Prior

Stephen was kind enough to vote for Patty Duke so I wouldn’t have a shutout, which I appreciate, but still, not even close. Congratulations to Shelley Fabares, and a non-sexual pat on the back for both Patty and Annette.

I’m starting to think I really suck at setting up these battles…

Anyway, next Monday I’ll have another battle, and I think this will be a better one. See you then!

Weekly Song Challenge, Week 9

Time once again for Mary B’s Weekly Song Challenge! She gives the prompts, we give the songs.

Song about an Angel: Madonna, "Angel" (I know, too easy)

Song with bad grammar in the title: Blues Magoos, "We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet" (Haven’t thought of this in a while…)

Song with A Number: Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (The phone number of the Café Rouge at the Pennsylvania Hotel, where many big bands played)

Color me gone…

Love Your Neighbor #JusJoJan

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

It’s been my contention for some time now that the people you should care the most about are your family, your friends, your neighbors, the people you work with, and the people you go to church with. Not that you shouldn’t care about others besides that, but you have plenty on your plate with these. If each person were to focus on these five groups, gradually everyone would be covered.

I was going to say a lot more, but then I decided to leave it at that.

Linda Hill runs Just Jot It January, "JusJoJan" for those of us in the know…