41 years ago today, one of the worlds greatest guitar players was killed in a motorcycle crash. Duane died just weeks short of his 25th birthday.

Duane Allman has become one of my favorite guitar players.  Just the way he gets his Les Paul to scream out the blues.

Duane Allman was also a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and was an incredible session guitarist and recorded with Clarence CarterKing CurtisAretha FranklinLaura NyroWilson PickettOtis RushPercy SledgeJohnny JenkinsBoz ScaggsDelaney & Bonnie and jazz flautist Herbie Mann.

Duane Allman appeared on the first four Allman Brothers Band albums.

The Allman Brothers Band (1969)
Idlewild South (1970)
At Fillmore East (1971)
Eat a Peach (1972)

Eat a Peach was the response that Duane gave to an interviewers question:  “How are you supporting the revolution?”

“There ain’t no revolution, only evolution, but every time I’m in Georgia I ‘eat a peach’ for peace.”

Allman also collaborated on Eric Clapton’s Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

Clapton wrote later in his autobiography that he and Allman were inseparable during the sessions in Florida; he talked about Allman as the “musical brother I’d never had but wished I did.

In an interview, Duane told listeners how to tell who played what: Eric played the Fender parts and Duane played the Gibson parts. He continued by nonchalantly noting that the Fender had a sparklier sound, while the Gibson produced more of a “full-tilt screech”

Like many other great artists, we all wonder what could have been if he had lived longer.

My personal favorite is Sweet Melissa. While the song was being written Duane heard a mother yelling at her child… “sweet Melissa”.