Through The Years | The Allman Brothers Band In The ’70s

Earlier today we posted about Gregg Allman’s revelation 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 unreplaceable 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 want to start off with a three-part Through The Years feature. In today’s Part One we share a handful of YouTube clips featuring the Allmans in the ’70s. As you can imagine, there isn’t much in the way of ABB footage from the ’70s, yet what there is must be seen by fans of the group. Check out rare video of Duane crushing “Mountain Jam,” audio of one of the few “Blue Sky’s” featuring Skydog, footage from Berry Oakley’s last show, a bit of Saturday Night In Macon and Geraldo Rivera’s feature on the group from 1979:

1970 -“Mountain Jam” at Love Valley

Rare footage of the great Duane Allman at work on the “Mountain Jam” improvisational vehicle that was a cornerstone of the Allman Brothers Band’s sets during Skydog’s tenure in the group.

1971 -“Blue Sky” at Academy Of Music

While the “video” above only contains audio, and the quality of said audio leaves much to be desired, it’s worth sharing as this is only one of “Blue Sky’s” featuring Duane thought to be recorded. In fact, it’s the earliest known recording of a “Blue Sky.”

1972 -“One Way Out” and “Ramblin Man” at Hofstra

ABC’s In Concert broadcast portions of the Allmans’s November 2, 1972 performance at Hofstra University, which wound up being original bassist’s Berry Oakley’s last show with the band before his tragic death.

1973 -“Done Somebody Wrong,” “Southbound,” “Midnight Rider,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” and “Statesboro Blues” at Grand Opera House

This footage was broadcast as part of the Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert special Saturday Night In Macon.

1979 -The Allman Brothers Band Reborn Feature

A young Geraldo Rivera followed the band on tour for a feature that ran on ABC’s 20/20.

Check back next week as our Through The Years series on the Allman Brothers Band continues.