The Allman Brothers Band rehearsed together as a band for the first time on this date 51 years ago in 1969. The moment sparked a journey that would bring six men united from all different directions in life together to eventually go on and pave their way through music-making history. Ultimately, the music world would remember the Allman Brothers Band as unparalleled pioneers of southern rock.New Allman Brothers Band 1971 Live Album To Premiere On SiriusXM’s JamOn This WeekAfter the irreplaceable losses of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley in the band’s early days, the ABB has since welcomed a revolving cast of characters to continue the spirit of their timeless music, but eventually closed the book with a final show at NYC’s Beacon Theatre in 2014. Despite not being together today, a true brotherhood was born and its roots continue to flourish every time their songs are played. The road, indeed, goes on forever.It all started in the mid-1960s, when brothers Duane and Gregg Allman started playing music growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida. They formed their first band, The Escorts, which eventually became the Allman Joys. The Allmans’ musical palettes expanded when they were introduced to R&B and soul, which eventually became huge cornerstones in the influence of their southern sound. Producers began to notice the brothers’ talent and moved them out west to pursue a career, consequently cutting two unsuccessful albums for Liberty Records under the name, Hour Glass.Duane’s guitar-playing was escalating quickly and so he moved back east to focus on a career as a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, while Gregg stayed in Hollywood to pursue a solo career. The brothers reunited a year later in Miami where they produced an album-length demo with the 31st of February, which included future ABB drummer Butch Trucks.Back at FAME Studios, Duane was making a name for himself as the primary session guitarist, recording with artists like Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, and Wilson Pickett. It’s safe to say that his time spent in the studio perfected his musical imagination and became an incubator for his inspiration.It was during these successful recordings, that he got the idea to start a new band, something “different.” His vision was clear; he wanted two lead guitarists and two drummers.Related: Butch Trucks Talks Duane Allman, The Evolution of “You Don’t Love Me” with King Curtis’ “Soul Serenade,” Releases A&R Studio Track via Peach RecordsHe recruited Jaimoe (Johanny Johanson) after hearing his drumming on a demo of Jackie Avery and the two immediately moved into his home on the Tennessee River. Berry Oakley came to mind next, after he and Duane became friends in a club in Jacksonville, Florida months prior.By this point, Phil Walden, and Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records were starting to take interest in whatever Duane was working on next. They ultimately ended up purchasing demo tracks for $10,000 from FAME owner Hall, who became frustrated with the group’s recording methods, with the intention of introducing the band with Walden’s new label, Capricorn Records.Read More About The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Eat A Peach’ Studio AlbumDuane stepped away from FAME and relocated to Jacksonville with Jaimoe, where jamming became the primary concentration. Anyone who wanted to join was invited, thus bringing Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, and Reese Wynan into the fold. They started playing around Jacksonville with an evolving cast of characters until Duane was finally able to get his brother Gregg back to the scene to sing and play keys, eliminating Wynan’s membership from the then-unnamed project.The six musically united for the first time on March 26th, 1969, and the first song that they played together was Muddy Waters‘ “Trouble No More”. Within a few days, they decided on a name–the Allman Brothers Band. Their careers would go on to become legendarily successful, though turbulent times would ultimately define the band with a series of untimely deaths and breakups.Forty-five after that first jam session, on October 28th, 2014, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe played their last show as the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre. In true ABB fashion, the show went well past midnight, seeping into the anniversary of Duane Allman’s death. After giving their farewell speeches, the band played one more song, and it was “Trouble No More,” which fans can watch below:“Trouble No More” – 10/28/14[Video: Steve Hefter]Happy Birthday to one of the greatest rock bands of all time!
Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Boca Juniors landed in Spain on Wednesday as they prepare to end the long-running Copa Libertadores final saga over two weeks after a fan assault threw the fixture into doubt.Boca players were greeted by an army of fans outside their hotel in Madrid as they prepare to finally dispute the second leg of the final against arch-rivals River Plate on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the scores level at 2-2 after the first match at Boca’s La Bombanera ground almost a month ago.The match has been delayed ever since River fans attacked the Boca team bus hours before the match was supposed to take place at River’s El Monumental stadium on November 24.River jetted off from Buenos Aires on Wednesday afternoon, with Boca already in the Spanish capital in order to contest the decisive leg of the biggest match in Argentine football history at a venue at which they had both initially refused to play.Over the weekend River joined Boca in saying that it was “incomprehensible” that the game had been moved to Spain, insisting that the club bore no responsibility for the “faults in the security operation” for the high profile fixture in Buenos Aires.On Tuesday Boca hero Juan Roman Riquelme slammed the decision to move the match away from Buenos Aires to Spain, saying that it would make one of the world’s fiercest derbies “the most expensive friendly in history”.“The final is losing a bit of its magic,” Cristian Farfalla, a young Boca Juniors supporter who made the transatlantic trip from Argentina, told AFP. “Honestly, I would have preferred the game to be played over there (in Argentina). But on the other side, I have the chance to be able to come and see it, which I wouldn’t normally have been able to do.”On Monday the two clubs each put 5,000 tickets on sale to supporters in Argentina at 3,600 pesos (84 euros), or a quarter of the average monthly Argentine salary.Meanwhile in Spain 20,000 tickets were put on sale for Boca fans outside Argentina on Tuesday, and a source close to the match organisers told AFP that the same number of tickets would go on sale to River supporters who live abroad.
Former Arsenal manager George Graham has told Theo Walcott he must be ‘more hungry’ for first-team action at Arsenal to have any chance to making England’s Euro 2016 squad.The Gunners flyer was left out of the starting XI for both of the Three Lions’ recent friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.He was left on the bench during the 3-2 win in Berlin, while he only played around 30 minutes against Holland at Wembley as a second-half replacement for Daniel Sturridge.Dietmar Hamann: There is a good chance Theo Walcott will not go to the EurosWalcott has fallen down the packing order at his club too, with persistent niggles and inconsistent form seeing Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi both preferred ahead of him in recent games, while Danny Welbeck’s strong return has reduced his chances of being picked in his preferred position up front.And when asked about the winger’s form this season, former Gunners boss Graham told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Theo? I think he has got to take a look at his career and say to himself, ‘why am I not first choice every week for Arsenal?’“Never mind England! I think there are a few players who have got to be more hungry and say, ‘I want to be a regular every week for Arsenal’.“Then, and only then, can they start talking about England.”
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza lost their cool as their hopes of holding all four grand slam titles were dashed following a 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the third round of the French Open on Sunday.The Indo-Swiss team dubbed “Santina” were hoping to win four majors in a row after following up last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open triumphs with victory in January’s Australian Open.But the top seeds appeared all at sea on a gloomy day at Roland Garros and their bid to complete the ‘Santina Slam’ ended after the Czechs blasted a service return winner to break Hingis in the final game.Hingis and Mirza were left fuming at the umpire after a call went against them as they trailed 4-1 in the second set. Mirza tossed the ball in anger but the duo failed to win the argument, or the match, leaving Krejcikova and Siniakova to celebrate a memorable victory.It proved to be a bad day for the big names in doubles as Venus and Serena Williams, who were the last women’s team to hold all four majors in 2010, also perished in the third round, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by the Dutch-Swedish pairing of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson.