Muddle...Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

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Muddle,have you been there? I went with some of my children this weekend.

I thought of you when I saw the Allman Brothers Band display. We also rode the tour bus around the city. The tour guide drove down the street, where Gregg Allman and Cher lived when they were in town.

It was really enjoyable and interesting.Smiling

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Submitted by muddle on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 1:27pm.

I haven't been there yet.

The "Cher era" is an embarrassment to hard core Allman Bros. fans. The two of them released an LP titled "Allman and Woman." It qualifies as a vinyl from hell, I think. Eye-wink

Gregg Allman probably recalls little of the 70s and 80s due to the drugs and alcohol. The happy ending to the story, though, is that he's been sober for years. He married and settled into Savannah. He has even been spotted in the church where his wife is a member.

A few years ago I did my obligatory hippie ritual. I made a pilgrimage to Rose Hill Cemetery, found the spot where Duane Allman and Barry Oakley are buried, sat down with my acoustic guitar and played "Little Martha"--a pretty tune that Duane wrote, the music to which is actually etched on his stone.

Did they take you by "The Big House"? This is where the whole band lived in their early days in Macon.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 4:32pm.

They didn't take us by "The Big House," took us by an old theater where some of them played. Also didn't take us by Rose Hill.

I visited Rose Hill in 1989. I saw all of the graves. Very sad, and so young. I think the "little Martha" grave is there too. Right?

Didn't Gregg Allman and Cher have a son? I read that Gregg A. and Eric Clapton's drug abuse got really bad when Duane Allman died. Good to know Gregg is doing good now.

Muddle, when you get time, go to the Ga.Music Hall Of Fame. I think you will really enjoy it. Smiling

Two of my grand-children love old music. They wear the retro shirts, and the oldest is learning how to play guitar. Smiling

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 5:54pm.

Why do Americans worship such trash? They usually kill himself with debauchery before they kill others.
I think it must be the distraction people get from their problems.

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Submitted by muddle on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 5:47pm.

The worst concert I ever went to was the Allman Brothers Band at the Miami Orange Bowl, August 1974.

Bachman Turner Overdrive and Wetr Willie opened. Then, when the ABB was to come out,Gregg was too stoned or drunk to play. They delayed for a long time...two hours? The crowd chanted "bull...," "bull...."

Finally, they came out. Gregg mumbled, "We gonna play every damn song we know." They played an hour, maygbe, and stopped.

How different it is today. It's all about the music, and it is decidedly not about nostalgia. The band is simply phenomenal today, with Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, arguably the two best guitarists playing today, out front. They still tour every summer (playing Piedmont Park on September 8), and my wife and I have managed to see them at least once each summer for years--including a trip to Denver to see them at Red Rocks in 1999.

I saw a great interview with Clapton recently. He talked about his drug and booze days. He said he would go into his hotel room where he was staying for a show, and, first thing he would do was hit the bar. He said, "I would drink it all up and then say, 'Now what?'"

These days, he said, he goes into the room, wipes out all of the peanuts, and then says "Now what?"

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