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Howard Duane Allman (20 November 1946 – 29 October 1971) was an American guitarist.

Duane “Skydog” Allman is generally regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll guitarists, noted for his mastery of the slide guitar as well as intensity and soulfulness on “standard” lead and rhythm guitar in a variety of styles. He was a noted session musician, was a founding member and the leader of The Allman Brothers Band, and also had a major role on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, by Derek and the Dominos, a 1970-71 band led by Eric Clapton.

Howard Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 20, 1946. Duane, as he was known, and his brother, Gregg, were raised by their mother Geraldine Allman after their father, Willis, was murdered when Duane was just 3-years-old. Geraldine, “Mama A” moved with her boys to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1957. Once Gregg heard a neighbor playing guitar, he decided that he needed to learn the instrument. Duane soon followed suit, and became an even better player than his brother. The boys were influenced by the bluesy music of artists such as B.B King, whom they saw in concert while teenagers.

Duane dropped out of high school to stay home and practice guitar and when Gregg graduated from Sea Breeze High School in 1965, the young men formed their first official band, the Allman Joys. When the Allman Joys became The Hour Glass in 1967, the group moved to Los Angeles. During this time, Duane perfected his electric slide guitar technique, using an empty Coricidin glass bottle over his ring finger as a slide


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  • oldiesfanjohn

    Skydog Boxset. Awesome, for me. Helps me fill in the blanks of what Duane played on. Special props & many thanks to Duane's daughter Galadrielle for putting it together. (And I know she had much help, so thanks to all of them.) Now those of you that can't get you fill and want to whet your appetite on more Duane not on the Boxset, here is a link. Have at it.

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ibrake4leaves

    Duane was THE BEST, with Dickey a close second. Love'em both!

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Yellowxander

    'Duane Allman Retrospective' album review:

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Lub97

    ...and very cool dude! :-)

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Lub97

    Simply majestic guitar player!!!!!

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • promise_mm

    We remember you, great Duane Allman today on your 66th birthday.

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BombaKazik

    @down - he's better than Page for sure

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • alexeykatrue

    ohhh. and this fucker playin' better than Clapton or Page?

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • green_arrow

    Amazing guitarist, unbeatable tone..

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Well it would've been great if he wouldn't die early at all but only if we would've died on October 29 1974 instead of 71 he would've been part of the 27 club..

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MERLE211

    RIP Duane Allman. Gone 40 years today.

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • rh_001z

    Duane was Absolutely one of The Finest Guitarist......EVER!!! ( As was the man He "learned' His 'Slide' Playing/Technique from.... "Robert Johnson"!!)

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • thrashed1

    the real guitar hero [2]

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Atu_Georgia

    Best guitarist for me

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • bernarducs

    the real guitar hero

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • comicsnut

    Together with Betts, there was never and never will be two better sounding players. It was pure magic to hear them playing together. Nothing like it.

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
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    24 May 2011 Reply
  • Gaffes

    The way like plays Duane In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed destroys me all songs by Hendrix.

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    love listening to this guy improve.... Skydog nickname was apparently because he was constantly high lol

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Nickelback_3

    Best Guitarist Ever !!!!!!

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
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