Friday October 29th 2010, 10:14 am
Picture Book: Duane Allman
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Berry Oakley & Duane Allman, July 1971.

Today marks the 39th anniversary of the death of Duane Allman. On October 29, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band were at their creative peak, recording tracks for Eat A Peach which already promised to be a critical and commercial leap forward. But the day ended in tragedy: Duane had just visited the band’s “Big House” in Macon, Georgia, to wish his bandmate Berry Oakley’s wife a Happy Birthday.

Memorial to Duane Allman on a roadside embankment outside of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

He was riding his motorcycle back home when he was forced to swerve after a truck turned in front of him. His bike slid beneath the truck and he was critically injured — he died after more than three hours of emergency surgery. Duane Allman was just 24 years old. Today we remember him for his tremendous talent and his influential playing which helped create “Southern Rock.” R.I.P. Duane. More pics after the jump.

November 24th, 1969, Muscle Shoals, Alabama — Wilson Pickett and Duane Allman.

Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett and Duane Allman

The Allman Brothers Band members perform at Duane Allman’s funeral in Macon, Georgia 1971 — Image by © Jeff Albertson

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