Friday, October 29, 2010
The video is The Allman Brother's Whipping Post, in tribute to Duane Allman, who died 39 years ago today.
While in the west part of Macon on October 29, 1971 during a band break from touring and recording, Allman was riding his motorcycle toward an oncoming truck that was turning well in front of him. The truck suddenly stopped in mid-intersection. Allman lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle while trying to swing left, possibly striking the back of the truck or its crane ball. He was thrown from his motorcycle, which landed on him and skidded with him under it, crushing his internal organs. Though he was rushed to the hospital and operated on, he died several hours later, just weeks before his 25th birthday.
Don't know where or how Duane got that sound—it seemed to emanate from a place as mysterious to him as it was to everyone else. When Rolling Stone selected the 100 greatest guitarists a few years ago, he was chosen second, behind only Jimi. Sadly, Duane's closest friend, bassist Barry Oakley was killed on his motorcycle in a very similar accident, a year later.
Ronnie Van Zandt dedicated Free Bird to Duane. Have a listen, and remember this great southern musician, as well as Ronnie, and Steve Gaines, who died just 7 years later. Besides, I'm feeling lonesome for home, and listening to them somehow makes me feel closer.
(Do watch the videos. These boys can play just a little)