Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 11 nominations.
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Rick Hall:
Duane Allman, of course, came into Muscle Shoals and wanted a gig. So he put up his pup tent on my parking lot at the studio and found me. I gave him his shot.

David Hood:
When Duane showed up, he was probably one of the first guys with long hair and kind of the hippie look, but what really made him stand out was he was a wonderful guitar player.

Rick Hall:
I had never heard a slide guitar played like Duane Allman could play it.

David Hood:
Duane had been in Los Angeles, had a group called the Hourglass with his brother Gregg.

Gregg Allman:
They signed us on this big contract, and, uh, they wouldn't let us play anywhere. I think the first year we were there, we played like, three concerts. So he finally said "Hey, I've had it with this place. I'm... I'm leaving." And he wound up in Muscle Shoals. But, uh, right before he left, I talked him into going horseback riding with me, 'cause we weren't doing anything. Finally I went out there and I said "Listen, we go from the barn out to the field. We got to cross a paved road." I said "The horse is shod." He says "What?". "It's got shoes on, you know? And if he slips, he'll bust both of your butts, so don't give him any reins." And guess what happened? And he hit it right here.

[indicating his elbow]

Gregg Allman:
He couldn't play. And he wouldn't let me in his house for about six weeks. And, I mean, that was... that was terrible, 'cause, I mean, you know, growing up without a father, he was somewhat of a father figure to me, even though he was only a year and 18 days older. So it came his birthday, November the 20th, and I went out and bought the first Taj Mahjal record and a bottle of Coricidin pills. He had this cold and he had his arm in a sling. He was pissed off at the world, and I did what I could do. I put it down in front of his door, I had it wrapped up and everything. And I knocked on the door and ran. I guess about two and half hours later, my phone rings and it's him. He says "Get over here, baybrah, quick!" And "baybrah", he called me that, "baby brother", uh... endearing handle he had for me. He said "Man, check this out." He had been listening to Jesse Ed Davis play Taj Mahal and he's playing slide. He said "Man, I dumped out all them pills, and I washed the label off that... the bottle." He said "Check this out." And he's got his hand still in the sling and he's going...

[imitates slide guitar playing]

Gregg Allman:
You know, and he's just already killing it, you know? I've still got that bottle, by the way, somehow.

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