Allman Brothers Band Chronology

This chronology is a timeline of major personnel changes and album releases from the beginning to the final live performance in October 2014.  While live shows are now history, we are combing the archives for material.  Visit the Discography page to see what’s been released and join the Peach Corps to stay informed.

The Eighties

Reach For The Sky

Reach For The Sky

August 1980 - "Reach for the Sky" is released.

August 1980
December 1981
Brothers of the Road

Brothers of the Road

December 1981 - "Brothers Of The Road" is released with guest artists:

  • Charlie Daniels, fiddle on "Brothers Of The Road"
  • Jimmy Hall, sax on "Never Know How Much (I Needed You)"
  • Mark "Tito" Morris, congas, timbales, percussion
  • Thomas Cain, guest vocalist
  • Johnny Cobb, guest vocalist
  • Jimmy Hall, guest vocalist
  • Chip Young, guest vocalist
  • Greg Guidry, guest vocalist
  • Joy Lannon, guest vocalist
  • Donna McElroy, guest vocalist
  • Keith England, guest vocalist
  • Jeff Silverman, guest vocalist
  • Randall Hart, guest vocalist
  • Peter Kingsberry, guest vocalist
  • Joe Pizzulo, guest vocalist
GAB & DBB

GAB & DBB

April 1986 - throughout most of 1986 - The Dickey Betts Band and the Gregg Allman Band team up for a tour that includes their combined forces in an "ABB Reunion" at the end of the evening. While not technically an Allman Brothers Band show, the audiences could hardly tell the difference.

April 1986
January 23, 1982
Leavin'

Leavin'

January 23, 1982 - The band plays the song "Leavin'" on Saturday Night Live in their last performance until 1986.

ABB "Reunion"

ABB "Reunion"

April 1986 - throughout most of 1986 - The Dickey Betts Band and the Gregg Allman Band team up for a tour that includes their combined forces in an "ABB Reunion" at the end of the evening. While not technically an Allman Brothers Band show, elated fans could hardly tell the difference.   Photo by Kirk West, 1986

April 1986
July 12, 196
Volunteer Jam XII

Volunteer Jam XII

The ABB appears at Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam XII with Chuck Leavell and Dan Toler in the lineup. Photo by Kirk West, 1986

Crackdown Concert

Crackdown Concert

The band plays at Bill Graham's Crackdown anti-drug benefit at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

October 31, 1986
June 1989
Dreams

Dreams

May 1989 - "Dreams" box set is released.

Together Again

Together Again

June 1989 - December 1990 - The ABB reunite and is composed of:

  • Gregg Allman, lead vocals and Hammond B3 organ
  • Dickey Betts, lead guitar
  • Butch Trucks, drums and percussion
  • Jaimoe, drums
  • Warren Haynes, lead and slide guitar
  • Allen Woody, bass
  • Johnny Neel, piano and synthesizer

Photo by Kirk West 1989

June 1989
June 1990
Seven Turns

Seven Turns

June 1990 - "Seven Turns" is released with guest artists:

  • Mark Morris, percussion
  • Duane Betts (in his debut), guitar on "True Gravity"