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Flashback: Duane Allman killed in motorcycle crash

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It was 44 years ago today (October 29 1971) that Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street.

He struck a flatbed truck carrying a lumber crane at high speed and was immediately thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath.

Though he was alive when he arrived at the hospital, despite immediate emergency surgery, he died several hours later from massive internal injuries.

He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

Duane and Gregg Allman grew up in Daytona, Florida, where they first discovered music. The duo first formed the Escorts, which evolved into the Allman Joys in the mid-1960s. By 1967, the group spent time in St. Louis, where a Los Angeles based recording executive discovered them. They consequently moved out West and were renamed the Hour Glass.

Originally consisting of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jai Johanny "Jaimoe” Johanson, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks, the group made their debut at the Jacksonville Armory in Florida on March 30, 1969. Although many names were kicked around, including Beelzebub, the six-piece eventually decided on the Allman Brothers Band.

By Vuduchicken (Own work), Wikimedia Commons

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