The Allman Brothers Band Breakup: One Year Later
On Oct. 28, 2014 at New York's Beacon Theater, the Allman Brothers Band played their final show, which marked the end of a musical legacy that spanned 45 years. Since then, the former band members have remained busy. To mark the anniversary of the end of one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world, we decided to check in on the former members and see what they've been up to since they collectively closed the book on the Allman Brothers Band.
Duane "Skydog" Allman and his younger brother Gregg Allman grew up in Florida, but spent much of their time in Nashville. After seeing legendary blues guitarist B.B. King perform live, the brothers knew what they wanted to do.
Duane's talent for playing guitar landed him a gig as a session musician at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. After working as a hired gun for a few years, Duane was ready to strike out with his own band. He moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and found the musicians he was looking for, with his brother installed as the lead singer. And so the Allman Brothers Band was born.
Of course, not everyone who played in the Allman Brothers was fortunate enough to see it through to the end. Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident at the tender age of 24, just three years after the band formed. By an eerie coincidence, the Allman Brothers' original bass player, Berry Oakley, died a year later after a motorcycle accident near the same spot where Duane had crashed. David and Dan Toler, who were part of the early-'80s incarnation of the band, passed away in 2011 and 2013, respectively. And Allen Woody, who became their bassist when they reunited in 1989, died in 2000.
But the surviving members continue to work, either as solo acts or in groups. Click the above gallery to find out what they've been doing.
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