List of the Allman Brothers Band members

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The Allman Brothers Band in 1972 (top), 1975 (middle) and 2009 (bottom).

The Allman Brothers Band was an American blues rock band from Macon, Georgia. Formed in March 1969 by brothers Duane (guitar) and Gregg Allman (organ, vocals), the group originally also included guitarist and vocalist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.[1] The band experienced its first lineup change just two years after forming, when Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash in Macon on October 29, 1971.[2] The guitarist was not replaced, although Chuck Leavell was added as a second keyboardist in 1972.[3] Before the end of the year, the group lost a second founding member when Oakley died in a motorcycle accident similar to Allman's on November 11, 1972.[4] Oakley was replaced shortly after his death by Lamar Williams, a childhood friend of Johanson's.[5]

In May 1976, The Allman Brothers Band temporarily broke up after Allman testified in the trial of road manager John "Scooter" Herring, who was accused of drug dealing, with the rest of the band publicly condemning his decision to do so.[6] Two years later the group reformed, with Allman, Betts, Trucks and Johanson joined by new guitarist Dan Toler and bassist David Goldflies.[7] After the release of Enlightened Rogues and Reach for the Sky, Mike Lawler was added on keyboards and Johanson was replaced by Toler's brother David.[8] The pair performed on 1981's Brothers of the Road, before the group broke up for a second time in January 1982.[5]

A second reformation followed in the summer of 1989 to mark the band's 20th anniversary, with the lineup including the return of Johanson and the addition of guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and keyboardist Johnny Neel.[9] Neel left in 1990, and percussionist Marc Quiñones was added the following year.[8] Both Haynes and Woody left The Allman Brothers Band in April 1997 to devote their attention to the band Gov't Mule.[10] Their places were taken by Jack Pearson and Oteil Burbridge, respectively, although the former was replaced by Derek Trucks in 1999.[8] Founding member Betts was later fired from the band in May 2000 due to alleged ongoing problems with drug abuse, which he claimed were "totally, absolutely, unfounded".[11] He was briefly replaced by Jimmy Herring, and later by the returning Haynes.[8]

In January 2014, Haynes and Trucks announced that they planned to leave The Allman Brothers Band by the end of the year, claiming that they wanted to "dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors".[12] The group subsequently intended to retire after a string of shows at New York Beacon Theatre in March, but due to Allman suffering bronchitis the dates were postponed.[13] The shows later took place in October, with the final performance on October 28 marking the 43rd anniversary of Duane Allman's death, with Trucks playing a number of his guitars to mark the occasion.[14] Since the band's retirement, its two constant members have both died – first Butch Trucks committed suicide by gunshot on January 24, 2017;[15] Gregg Allman later died on May 27, 2017 due to complications from liver cancer.[16]

Members[edit]

Latest[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Gregg Allman.jpg
Gregg Allman
  • 1969–1976
  • 1978–1982
  • 1989–2014
    (both died 2017)
all The Allman Brothers Band releases
Special_Guest_Butch_Trucks_crop_autoadjust.jpg
Butch Trucks
Jaimoe.jpg
Jai Johanny Johanson
  • 1969–1976
  • 1978–1980
  • 1989–2014
  • drums
  • percussion
  • congas
  • timbales
  • backing vocals
all The Allman Brothers Band releases, except Brothers of the Road (1981)
Warren Haynes 12-5-2013.jpg
Warren Haynes
  • 1989–1997
  • 2000–2014
  • guitars
  • vocals
Marc_Quiñones.jpg
Marc Quiñones 1991–2014
  • congas
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Allman_Brother_-_Oteil_Burbridge.jpg
Oteil Burbridge 1997–2014 bass
  • Peakin' at the Beacon (2000)
  • Hittin' the Note (2003)
  • Live at the Beacon Theatre (2003)
  • One Way Out (2004)
Derek_Trucks_slide-Allman_Bros_Band_2009.jpg
Derek Trucks 1999–2014 guitars

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Dickey Betts Pistoia Blues Festival 2008.jpg
Dickey Betts
  • 1969–1976
  • 1978–1982
  • 1989–2000
  • guitars
  • lead vocals
all The Allman Brothers Band releases, except Hittin' the Note (2003) and One Way Out (2004)
Berry Oakley 1969–1972
(his death)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Duane_Allman.jpg
Duane Allman 1969–1971
(his death)
guitars
  • all The Allman Brothers Band releases from The Allman Brothers Band (1969) to Eat a Peach (1972)
  • Live at Ludlow Garage 1970 (1990)
  • Fillmore East, February 1970 (1996)
  • American University, 12/13/70 (2002)
  • S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook, 9/19/71 (2003)
  • Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival (2003)
  • Boston Common, 8/17/71 (2007)
  • Live from A&R Studios (2016)
Chuck_Leavell_in_2009.jpg
Chuck Leavell 1972–1976
Lamar Williams 1972–1976
(died 1983)
bass
Dan Toler 1978–1982
(died 2013)
guitars
David Goldflies 1978–1982 bass
Mike Lawler 1980–1982
  • piano
  • clavinet
  • synthesizers
Brothers of the Road (1981)
David "Frankie" Toler 1980–1982
(died 2011)
drums
Govt._Mule_-_Allen_Woody.jpg
Allen Woody 1989–1997
(died 2000)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • all The Allman Brothers Band releases from Seven Turns (1990) to An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set (1995)
  • Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 (2014)
Johnny_Neel_and_The_Dave_Chappell_Band_Aug_5_2016.jpg
Johnny Neel 1989–1990
  • piano
  • synthesizers
  • harmonica
Seven Turns (1990)
Jack Pearson 1997–1999
  • guitars
  • backing vocals
none
JimmyHerring.jpg
Jimmy Herring 2000 guitar none

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "The Allman Brothers Band: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Landau, Jon (November 25, 1971). "Bandleader Duane Allman Dies in Bike Crash". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Wickstrom, Ann. "Chuck Leavell: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (November 11, 2015). "45 Years Ago: Allman Brothers Band's Berry Oakley Dies". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Edwards, Gavin (November 25, 1999). "The Allman Brothers Band: 30 Years of Ups and Downs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ Giles, Jeff (May 28, 2016). "How Scooter Herring's Arrest Broke Up The Allman Brothers Band". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ Jerome, Jim (February 12, 1979). "The Allman Brothers Band Finally Buries the Hatchet—and Not in One Another". People. Time Inc. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d Giles, Jeff (January 26, 2014). "Allman Brothers Band Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ Giles, Jeff (July 4, 2015). "How the Allman Brothers Band Regrouped for an Impressive '90s Comeback". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ Messing, Philip (August 27, 2000). "Ex-Allman Brothers Bassist Dead". New York Post. News Corp. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ Uhelszki, Jaan (May 23, 2000). "Dickey Betts Fires Back at Allman Brothers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ Doyle, Patrick (January 8, 2014). "Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks Leaving Allman Brothers Band". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ Ratliff, Ben (October 29, 2014). "At the End of the Line, A Hit-Filled Goodbye". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ Eriksson, Daniel (November 4, 2014). "Trucks Plays Duane Allman's Goldtop at Final ABB Show". Gibson. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ Fricke, David; Trucks, Derek (January 31, 2017). "Derek Trucks Remembers Butch Trucks: 'He Left an Impression at All Times'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  16. ^ Morris, Chris (May 27, 2017). "Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies at 69". Variety. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 

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