The Allman Brothers Band is an American rock band. The band was formed by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), who were supported by Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums) in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969. Athough the band have been called the major founder of Southern rock, they also mix elements of jazz, country music,and blues.Allman Brothers live shows have band-style maneuver and instrumental songs.
The band achieved their commercial break in 1971 with the release of album "At Fillmore East", presenting extended arrangement of their songs "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post" and frequently considered as one of the best live albums ever made. Rolling Stone magazine's George Kimball addressed them as "the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years". Group frontman Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident several months later . The band survived that and a year later, the death of bassist Oakley in another motorcycle accident. In 1973, with substitute members Chuck Leavell and Lamar Williams, the Allman Brothers Band achieved its highest commercial success with the album "Brothers and Sisters" and the hit single "Ramblin' Man". The group broke up in 1976 after having internal conflict and regroup soon at the end of the decade with changes in members, and broke up again in 1982. They reunited again in 1989 and their still active to this date.