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Duane Allman

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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. Other artists he performed with include Wilson Pickett, Otis Rush, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge.

He was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. Shortly after his death Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd dedicated the song “Free Bird” to his memory. Despite his short career the Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 named Duane Allman as number two on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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