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The Hour Glass

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Los Angeles, United States (1967 – 1968)

The Hour Glass were a 1960s rhythm and blues band based in Los Angeles, California between 1967 and 1968. Among their members were two future members of The Allman Brothers Band - Duane Allman and his brother Gregg Allman - and three future studio musicians at the world-renowned Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama - Pete Carr, Johnny Sandlin and Paul Hornsby.

Formed from the ashes of two disbanded rival groups that had played the same southern circuit, The Allman Joys (based in Florida) and the Men-its (based in Alabama), the group was booked in early 1967 into a month-long engagement in St. Louis, Missouri, where they met members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose manager, Bill McEuen, arranged for them a contract with Liberty Records.

Moving to Los Angeles, they were soon opening for groups like The Doors and Buffalo Springfield and recording their eponymous debut album, full of lighthearted poppy soul that was quite contrary to what the group was performing in various clubs and theatres in California such as the Fillmore West and Troubadour, picked out by the label from a pool of songwriters including Jackson Browne. The album flopped, perhaps due to the fact that the group, aside from Gregg Allman, was sparsely used in the studio.

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