Last week Gregg Allman revealed that the Allman Brothers Band
are calling it a career at the end of 2014. The Allmans have been a fixture of the jam
scene since their return in 1989 and it's tough to imagine our neck of the music world
without them. Yet we're happier to see them end on a high note than try to replace the
irreplaceable Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes.
The Allman Brothers Band formed in 1969 and went on despite the losses of Duane Allman and
Berry Oakley until 1976. In 1979 the group re-formed, though they disbanded once again in
1982. However, from 1989 until 2014 they brought their music to new generations of fans.
We'll be rolling out tons of Allman Brothers Band-related content over the next few
months, but we started off with a three-part Through The Years feature. we posted the first installment last week featuring the Allmans in the
'70s. Today we continue by sharing a performance a piece from the years 1980 - 1982 and
then 1989 - 1995. Within we have a number of television appearances, a guest-filled
performance from a crazy night in Vermont and more.
1980 - "Jessica" in Gainesville
This professionally-shot clip of "Jessica" was filmed in Gainesville, FL on October 26,
1981 - "Straight From The Heart" on Solid Gold
The Allman Brothers Band visited the syndicated musical program Solid Gold in
for a "performance" of "Straight From The Heart."
1982 - "Midnight Rider" on Saturday Night Live
In this clip, Gregg and the '82 version of the band deliver a soulful rendition of
"Midnight Rider" followed by a sadly shortened version of "Leavin'" during their only
appearance on Saturday Night Live.
1989 - "Dreams"
The audio quality on this clip of "Dreams" leaves something to be desired, but it comes
from the band's historic reunion tour in 1989 and features a very young Warren Haynes.
1990 - "Good Clean Fun" on The Tonight Show
Johnny Carson hosted the band on numerous occasions including this performance of "Good
Clean Fun" off Seven Turns.
1991 - "End Of The Line" on The Tonight Show
Gregg and the band returned to Burbank in 1991 to perform their "single" off Shades of
Two Worlds - "End Of The Line."
1992 - "Melissa" on The Dennis Miller Show
The Allman Brothers Band were Dennis Miller's last guest on his short-lived syndicated
talk show, where they performed "Melissa."
1993 - "Statesboro Blues" with special guests in Stowe
When Dickey Betts ran into some legal issues in Saratoga Springs, NY the Allmans went on
with their headlining set on July 31, 1992 at Stowe, VT with some help from their friends.
John Popper and Jimmy Herring were among the group's guests for what turned out to be a
1994 - "No One To Run With" on The Tonight Show
Even after Johnny Carson left as the host of The Tonight Show, the Allmans
on the long-running NBC program. In 1994 they performed "No One To Run With" for host Jay
1995 - "Ramblin' Man" on Austin City Limits
The Allman Brothers Band performed at the famed studios of iconic TV show Austin City
Limits on November 1, 1995. Portions of the group's 12-song set were broadcast the
following February including this take on "Ramblin' Man."
Check back next week for the final installment of Through The Years - The Allman