In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (17:23)

Cover of A Decade Of Hits 1969-1979

From A Decade Of Hits 1969-1979 and 43 other releases

“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” is a jazz-influenced instrumental song from The Allman Brothers Band that is one of their most well-known pieces.

The original studio recording of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” is the fourth song on the group’s 1970 album “Idlewild South”. It is a minor key instrumental song written by guitarist Dickey Betts.

The song is named after a headstone Betts saw at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia, a place frequented by band members in their early days. The cemetery was later memorialized by the band as the final resting spot of both band leader guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley, who both died in motorcycle accidents in Macon only 13 months apart.

Lead guitarist and band leader Duane Allman has been recognized as one of the greatest blues/rock guitarists in history, according to numerous polls. He was also a studio musician who appeared on many other notable recordings with musicians such as Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Otis Rush, Percy Sledge, Johnny Jenkins, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, Wilson Picket, and jazz flautist Herbie Mann. He collaborated with Eric Clapton on the Derek and the Dominoes album which produced the classic “Layla.”

Other original members of the band were Gregg Allman, (vocals), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson (Drums), an African American.

“Elizabeth Reed” has appeared in many Allman Brothers concerts, sometimes running half an hour or more, and on numerous Allman Brothers live albums, but most notably on “At Fillmore East”, which many fans and critics believe is the definitive rendition.


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  • SSBN623

    so i said to my girlfriend . . don't blow my money . . . she could not respond 'cause she was blowin' the band

    3 May 11:51pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    betts if you ain't up to the task go fuck with my girlfriends G string again !

    6 Mar 7:09pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    so betts said i don't know how its gonna sound acoustic therefore he was apparently not understandin' the work of masters !

    6 Mar 7:07pm Reply
  • Otokichi

    Another "blocked from display" song. But who's that rising from her grave?

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TheRealGrog

    Allmans - The ultimate crossover between Southern Rock & Jam Bands. Just openin' up a can of whoop ass all over this one!

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Stilf


    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Druid66

    What a girl Elizabeth Reed must have been, to have inspired this.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • littlelouie1

    Best years from 1967 to 1979 until the LP named Brothers and Sisters. A big lost to the music world when Duane Allman passed away in a motorcycle accident with a fruit truck & that's how they got the name of the double LP Eat A Peach & then a few months later the bass player also dies in a motorcycle accident with a truck. TRAGGIC : ( May they both RIP.

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Still fan-fuckin-tastic !!!

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • Stilf


    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • giggleloop1

    Total ear candy!! Love it :0)

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Only one of the greatest instrumentals ever. The best part, live, every one is different.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Oregon_Myst

    Unforgettable classic that really reflects the times. ♫ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♫

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    love it

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • eyaj

    ...amazing jamming.....just amazing.....

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kodirf

    Dickey is WATER & Duane is FIRE

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • FernandoVGP

    Delícia de música.

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    Soundtrack to a rainy day.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mountainrain

    oh my

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
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