Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Birth of the Allman Brothers Band
On March 23, 1969, an interracial group of Southern musicians held a jam session in the front room of this house, known as the "Gray House." The jam went so well that veteran Muscle Shoals session guitarist Duane Allman barred the doorway and announced that anyone not willing to be in his band would have to "fight your way out." Duane's brother, Gregg, joined the group three days later as lead singer and keyboardist. Calling themselves the Allman Brothers Band (ABB), the group also featured Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. Comprised of four Florida musicians, a bassist from Chicago and a drummer from Mississippi, the ABB drew members from other bands, the 31st of February and the Second Coming, who had lived and jammed in a Victorian house down the block known as the "Green House." While living in the "Gray House," Gregg wrote most of the ABB's first album, including, "Whipping Post." Without access to pen and paper, Gregg wrote the song in the middle of the night using burnt matches on an ironing board
In 1971, the Allman Brothers Band drew critical acclaim with the live album, At Fillmore East, and their 1972 double-album Eat a Peach was a Billboard top five smash. The following year, Brothers and Sisters topped the Billboard album chart and gave the group its most successful single, "Ramblin' Man." written by Dickey Betts. Known as standard-bearers of Southern Rock, in truth they played rock and roll interpreted through deep blues, jazz, R&B, and country. The Allman Brothers Band produced ten gold and four platinum albums. Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia, in October 1971. Bassist Berry Oakley died in a similar accident in November the following year. The group persevered, and in 1995, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Allman Brothers Band disbanded in 2014 following a concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City with newer, mainstay guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. After forty-five years of making music, the band's last song that night was the first they played at the "Gray House" in 1969, "Trouble No More." Fellow founding member Butch Trucks passed away in January
Erected 2018 by Dennis and Mildred Price, Owners; Bob Kealing, Author and Historian, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1032.)
Location. 30° 18.319′ N, 81° 41.718′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Riverside Avenue north of Mallory Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2844 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville FL 32205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles (approx. 1.1 miles away); United States Railroad Administration Locomotive (approx. 2 miles away); Historic King's Road British East Florida (approx. 2.3 miles away); The St. Johns (was approx. 2.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Old Brewster Hospital (approx. 2.4 miles away); Sinking of the Maple Leaf (approx. 2.4 miles away); Villa Alexandria (approx. 2.4 miles away); San Marco (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers initial jam.
Also see . . . Audio with still: “Trouble No More” - The Allman Brothers Band.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 219 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week March 24, 2019. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. 4. submitted on March 23, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.