The Allman Brothers Band

Happy Birthday, ABB!

26 March 2004 – Macon Telegraph

Brothers’ birth March 26, 1969.

Macon would not be the same without this date. No Duane Allman Boulevard. No Raymond Berry Oakley III Bridge. No GABBAfest. Heck, there is no GABBA. No Hittin’ the Note magazine.

Bow down and pay homage.

Today marks the 35-year anniversary of the forming of The Allman Brothers Band in Jacksonville, Fla. The group was based and recorded in Macon during its heyday. Shortly after their union, they signed to Phil Walden’s Capricorn label, which became a force to be reckoned with because of its new band in tow.

It is ABB that is credited with shaping the genre now known as Southern rock. It was their morphing of blues, jazz, soul, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll into a melting pot of improvisation that paved the way for Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Charlie Daniels Band.

We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!

Greg Fields is the entertainment writer for The Telegraph. To contact him, call 744-4251 or e-mail


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