Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971. That was 42 years ago, today.
Sadly, barely a year later, Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley died in a motorcycle crash just blocks from where Allman wrecked.
Allman had only recently experienced breakthrough success with The Allman Brothers Band. Their live album, At Fillmore East, released just months prior to his death.
Before the success of The Allman Brothers Band, Duane's guitar playing could be heard in Eric Clapton's band, Derek and the Dominoes. Duane played on the seminal Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.
The "27 Club" is often cited in rock lore. Dozens of legendary musicians have died at the age of 27 including Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.
But, Duane Allman was only 24 when he died.
Despite leaving at such an early age, Allman is still highly regarded as one of the greatest of all time. The "Skydog" landed at #2 (behind on Hendrix) in Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the greatest guitarists of all time.
The Allman Brothers Band carried on after Duane's death. Their first release after his death was Eat A Peach. The band named the album this for Allman's response to an interviewer's question, "How are you helping the revolution?"
"There ain't no revolution, only evolution, but every time I'm in Georgia I 'eat a peach' for peace."