Good videos of the original Allman Brothers Band—one of the greatest ensembles in rock history—are rare. And it’s hard to believe that this one, at the Fillmore East, was recorded 42 years ago. Duane died the next year in a motorcycle accident.
Here they all are: Duane and Dickey Betts sharing lead guitar, Gregg on keyboards, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe on double percussion, and Berry Oakley on bass.
I never saw this lineup live, though I saw them several times without Duane. Their live album released a year later, At Fillmore East, is a classic.
Here they are doing Whipping Post (read the Wikipedia link, particularly the part about the live Fillmore version), written by Gregg when he was only 21.
If you want to hear one of Duane’s last recordings, listen to Blue Sky, recorded at Stony Brook just two months before he died. See if you can tell where Dickey comes in on the solo.
Oh, and my one tenuous connection to the band: in high school I went out one time with Paulette Eghiazarian, who was later married to Dickey. She became Cher’s BFF and personal assistant, and Cher, of course, was once married to Gregg.