Wail on, Skydog: Duane Allman's Muscle Shoals Serenade

Before the Southern-fried, twin-dueling lead-guitar lines, runs and riffs of Duane Allman and Dickie Betts in The Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman was a prolific sideman - enhancing tracks with his bottleneck slide guitar sorcery and blazing venomous sting on a string of cuts, by a wide variety of acts: Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Rush, Boz Scaggs, John Hammond, LuLu, Ronnie Hawkins, King Curtis and Cher. True hip-shaking goodness.

Duane's recording career lasted only a few short years, but the strength of his session work at FAME Recording Studios alone could have solidified his legendary status. Check out the six-string fretted fire on Wilson Pickett’s cover of the Beatles’ classic, “Hey Jude.” Eric Clapton recalls, "I remember hearing Wilson Pickett's 'Hey Jude' and just being astounded by the lead break at the end. ... I had to know who that was immediately - right now." Find out for yourselves, patients.

Take Up Thy Rock 'N Roll Stethoscope and Walk,

Enjoy these 7cc of Skydog...

At FAME Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL

MP3: Clarence Carter featuring Duane Allman - "The Road of Love" (1967)
MP3: Wilson Pickett featuring Duane Allman - "Hey Jude" (1968)
MP3: Arthur Conley Featuring Duane Allman - "Stuff You Gotta Watch" (1968)
MP3: Aretha Franklin featuring Duane Allman - "The Weight" (1969)
MP3: Otis Rush Featuring Duane Allman - "You Reap What You Sow" (1969)
MP3: Lulu featuring Duane Allman - "Dirty Old Man" (1970)
MP3: Johnny Jenkins Featuring Duane Allman - "Down Along the Cove" (1970)

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Anonymous said...

Skydog rulz. Thx for these

Jeroen said...

I was very pleasantly surprised by Aretha Franklin and Duane Allman's version of The Weight, love it. :)

Thank you for my daily dose doc!

Doctor Mooney said...

@Jeroen No problem. All this stuff is pure magic. Thanks for stopping by! ENJOY

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