Duane Allman was certainly one of the greatest guitarists of his era. Alongside his brother, Gregg Allman, he founded the classic band Allman Brothers Band which gave us hits such as “Whipping Post”, “Melissa”, “Midnight Rider”, among many others.
Born Howard Duane Allman in Nashville on November 20, 1946 he was also a very respected session musician. And was a very important piece on the classic album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, that was released in 1970 by Eric Clapton’s group Derek & the Dominos.
The musician is well remembered by his slide guitar technique and creative improvisation skills. Rolling Stone placed with at the 9th position in the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He was left-handed but played the guitar as if he was right-handed.
Duane Allman death
And unfortunately music lost his talent in 1971, when he died in a tragic accident, a few weeks before his 25th birthday.
On October 29, 1971, after the launch and the initial success of At Fillmore East he died in a motorcycle accident.
The Allman Brothers Band was in the middle of a break and Duane drove his Harley-Davidson Sportster at full speed on Hillcrest Avenue in the western part of Macon, Georgia. As he approached Bartlett Street, a cargo truck carrying a wooden crane suddenly stopped at the intersection, forcing him to change the direction he was going quickly.
Duane hit the back of a truck and fell off the motorcycle, which crashed on top of him and skidded another 90 feet with him pinned underneath it, crushing his internal organs. He was alive when he was taken to a hospital, but despite immediate medical treatment, he died several hours later from massive internal injuries, within weeks of his 25th birthday, due to serious internal injuries caused by the accident.
The musician is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia in the United States.