The Allman Brothers Band may not have invented Southern rock, but they perfected it. They blasting out of Georgia at the end of the ‘60s – having already paying their dues in the Allman Joys and Hour Glass -- with a pair of records that would help establish their sound. Rooted in equal parts Southern R&B, back-roads country, amp-shredding garage rock, juke-joint blues and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, 1969’s self-titled debut and the following year’s ‘Idlewild South’ set the template. But it wasn’t until 1971’s double live ‘At Fillmore East’ that the Allmans became stars. Guitar ace Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley were killed in separate motorcycle accidents not long after the record’s release, but the group rebounded with 1973’s ‘Brothers and Sisters,’ a No. 1 album, led by Gregg Allman’s soulful rasp. Over the past 40 years the group has switched personnel (most notably recruiting guitarist Warren Haynes) but has remained a popular live act for its marathon shows.
50 Years Ago: Allman Brothers Band Score Their Only Top 10 Hit
Deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley still loomed in 1973.
50 Years Ago: The 1973 Watkins Glen Summer Jam Outdraws Woodstock
Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers performed for 600,000 in Central New York State. Here's what really went down.
Devon Allman Looking Ahead to Next Allman Betts Band Album
Rocker is currently out on the fifth annual Allman Family Revival tour.
How Allman Brothers Imploded, Again, With 'Brothers of the Road'
They were missing the camaraderie of the band's past incarnations and certainly a vision for the future.
The Day Tom Petty, Alice Cooper and the Allmans Issued Key LPs
Artists were all at distinctive – yet very different – points in their careers.
How Allman Brothers' 'Shades of Two Worlds' Reached Old Heights
They'd reestablished themselves with 1990's well-received 'Seven Turns,' but something was still missing.
Allman Brothers Band Announce 50th-Anniversary Concert CD and DVD
New collection contains footage from surviving members' 2020 Madison Square Garden show.
Allman Brothers Band's 1970 Fillmore East Shows Set for Reissue
Set includes material recorded by Grateful Dead's soundman at famous New York City venue a year before more famous shows.
How Gregg Allman Helped Elect President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter partly credited his White House victory to help from late musician and his colleagues.
Duane Allman's Final Allman Brothers Show Captured on New Live LP
Historic concert was recorded by a teenaged journalist, who only rediscovered the cassette tape in recent years.