Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29,
1971) was an American guitarist, respected session musician, and a
co-founder of the southern rock group
The Allman Brothers Band. He is best remembered for his brief but
influential tenure in that band, his expressive slide guitar playing and
A sought-after session musician both before and during his tenure with
the band, Allman performed with such established stars as King Curtis,
Wilson Pickett, and Herbie Mann. He
also contributed heavily to the 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love
Songs by Derek and the Dominos.
In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Allman at #2 in their list of the
100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi
Hendrix. His tone (achieved with a Gibson Les Paul and a 50-watt
Marshall amplifier) was named one of the greatest guitar tones of all
time by Guitar Player.
He died in October 1971 in a motorcycle accident. He is still referred
to today by his nickname "Skydog," which was given to him as a way of
describing his signature sound and tone.