[[caption-width-right:350:The classic lineup in 1971. From left to right: Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks.]]
->''"The road indeed goes on forever. So stay calm, eat a peach and carry on..."''[[note]]on screen message after the end of their final concert.[[/note]]

One of the progenitors of SouthernRock music, The Allman Brothers Band originally consisted of [[CaptainObvious the brothers]] Duane and Gregg Allman, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and [[AlliterativeName Jai Johanny 'Jaimoe' Johanson]]. Founded in Jacksonville in 1969, they went two years in their original incarnation until Duane Allman was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971. Remaining lead guitarist Dickey Betts filled in for Duane and the group remained together, eventually adding pianist Chuck Leavell, but about a year later, they lost another member, bassist Berry Oakley, also to a motorcycle accident.

The band limped through a few years fueled by drug scandals (including the arrest of Gregg Allman, though he avoided trial by testifying against some of his friends and colleagues). Afterward, the band broke up for a short time, only to reform in 1978 with a new album and a few new members.

Though the faces in the band changed over the years, The Allman Brothers always delivered strong southern rock, heavily influenced by the blues. The band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009. Their associated acts include Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes' band) and The Derek Trucks Band / Tedeschi Trucks Band (the former focusing more on World Music and African influences, while the latter is slightly more bluesy and allows the [[CreatorCouple married Tedeschi and Trucks to tour together]].) Their notable songs include "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider," among others.

The group announced their separation at the end of 2014 and performed their final concert on October 28th 2014. Gregg Allman's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death in 2017]] has most likely closed the door on any further reunions for good.
!!"The Tropes Go On Forever":
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Gregg managed to play along to the opening of "Whipping Post" (in [[UncommonTime 11/4]]) by treating it like it was three bars of Waltz time (1, 2, 3) punctuated by a bar of cut time (1, 2). As he put it...
-->I didn't know the intro was in 11/4 time. I just saw it as three sets of three, and then two to jump on the next three sets with: it was like 1,2,31,2,31,2,31,2. I didn't count it as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. It was one beat short, but it didn't feel one short, because to get back to the triad, you had two steps to go up. You'd really hit those two hard, to accent them, so that would separate the threes. ... [Duane] said, 'That's good man, I didn't know that you understood 11/4.' Of course I said something intelligent like, 'What's 11/4?' Duane just said, 'Okay, dumbass, I'll try to draw it up on paper for you."
* ArtifactTitle: After Duane's death, there was only one Allman Brother.
* BadassMustache: Duane Allman's mustache was so awesome it needed the support of muttonchops to contain its mighty power.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: After Duane died in 1971, there was some speculation that the band would break up or suffer, but they continued on until 2014.
* BashBrothers: Certainly between the two Allmans in a literal sense, but that only lasted so long. Another, more long-running example from the band is with the two drummers, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe. The two are regularly considered one of the best rhythm sections in rock music, and were known to play off of each other as much as they would provide the beat. The two were so in sync that the one album that didn't feature Jaimoe (''Brothers of the Road'') is considered their weakest album by some.
* CallBack: The coda of "Jessica" is similar to the opening of "Les Brers in A Minor".
* {{Cliffhanger}}: A rare musical example. After the end of "Whipping Post" on ''At Fillmore East'', we hear the band move into the first chords of "Mountain Jam" as the album fades out, a cliffhanger that wouldn't be resolved until a year later, when ''Eat a Peach'' came out with the remainder of the Fillmore East live tracks and some new studio material.
* CoverVersion:
** They've done one of Music/{{Donovan}}'s "There Is a Mountain" (as "Mountain Jam", an indicator of its length), and often worked several blues standards into their jams.
** One unusual cover they did was of Music/FleetwoodMac's "Gold Dust Woman", a song that takes potshots at rock and roll stars' tendencies for excessive indulgence (something the Allman Brothers were no stranger to).
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''At Fillmore East'' was originally released as 2 [=LPs=], the first containing blues covers and the second containing original pieces. Had the band had their way, it would have been a Distinct Triple Album with "Mountain Jam" on the third LP, which simultaneously credits Donovan Leitch (who wrote the original song "There Is a Mountain") and each of the members of the Allman Brothers Band (who transformed Donovan's theme into their own piece).
* DespairEventHorizon: By all accounts, bassist Berry Oakley crossed it when Duane died.
* DownerEnding: Subverted repeatedly. When Duane died, the remaining members considered disbanding, but decided to soldier on. Then, Gregg testified against a security guard, which his bandmates [[WhatTheHellHero didn't appreciate]] and broke off communication with, effectively ending the band. Then they made up and reformed. Then tensions started brewing between Dickey Betts and Gregg, which ended with Betts getting kicked out in 2000. The band soldiered onwards until 2014, when they amicably broke up after a GrandFinale.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener:
** "Don't Want You No More" (see SiameseTwinSongs).
** "Les Brers in A Minor" and "High Falls" are rare examples of ''instrumentals'' that start out with one. They're both lengthy pieces ("Les Brers" is 9 minutes, "High Falls" is 14) with a few minutes of progressively epic false starts before the song actually gets going.
* EpicRocking:
** The 23-minute version of "Whipping Post" off of ''At Fillmore East'' is their earliest, taking up a full side of the double LP. The 33-minute version of "Mountain Jam" (based on Donovan's ''[[MinisculeRocking two-minute long]]''(!) "There Is a Mountain") from ''Eat a Peach'' also qualifies, powering through "There Is a Mountain", "[[Music/JimiHendrix Third Stone from the Sun]]", and "May the Circle Be Unbroken", over ''two sides'' of an LP, featuring extended soloing and duelling between every band member, and reportedly fuelled by a bottle of whisky each.
** Around half of their songs, really, especially live.
* GrandFinale: Their 2014 run of Beacon Shows. The band played several of their best songs for three nights, before coming on stage, taking a collective bow, and then returning to their instruments to play "Trouble No More," [[{{Bookends}} the first song they ever played]]
* GratuitousFrench: "Les Brers in A Minor". Dickey Betts confirms it's "bad French for 'less brothers'".
%%* GreatestHitsAlbum%%
* {{Improv}}: often considered rock's greatest improvisers of the time alongside the Music/GratefulDead.
* InstantBirthJustAddWater: Implied in "Ramblin' Man": "I was born in the backseat of a Greyhound bus rollin' down Highway 41."
* {{Instrumentals}}: Usually one or two per album, with "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" or "Mountain Jam" the most famous. (Or perhaps "Jessica", now better known thanks to ''Series/TopGear''.)
* {{Jazz}}: Music/JohnColtrane and Music/MilesDavis were two of Duane's biggest influences (reportedly ''[[Music/MilesDavis Kind Of Blue]]'' was Duane's favourite album), and the band's lengthy improvisations (moreso Duane's guitar and Jaimoe's percussion) had strong jazz influences.
* LiveAlbum: On top of the main releases, the band instituted an "Instant Live" gimmick in the early 2000s, recording every concert and making them available to those in attendance, effectively flooding the market with live material - right at the same time they started releasing older concerts featuring Duane as well. [[{{Understatement}} Their discography is a mess.]]
* LoopedLyrics: "Revival". After an EpicInstrumentalOpener and a single verse, the rest of the song is just repeated variations of "People can you feel it? Love is everywhere."
* TheNamesake: Current guitar player Derek Trucks was actually named after Music/DerekAndTheDominos.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Brothers and Sisters''. While their basic sound stayed the same, the adjustments they had to make after Duane's death led to some noticeable differences from their earlier work. Piano figured prominently in their musical mix for the first time courtesy new member Chuck Leavell. Dickey Betts took on a larger role as lead guitarist, songwriter and singer. And there was some GenreRoulette as well, with the CountryMusic influenced "Ramblin' Man" and the Delta {{Blues}} styled "Pony Boy".
* ProgressiveRock: While they're not generally classified as a prog band, they can probably be considered prog-adjacent due to their lengthy instrumental sections and the complexity of their songs. Some of the band members apparently did consider themselves prog, for what that's worth.
* TheRealHeroes: The roadies are on the rear cover for "At Fillmore East" for this reason.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Jessica" is now the theme for ''Series/TopGear''.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Much of their history reads like "What if Creator/WilliamFaulkner wrote a novel about a rock band?" But some details are so wild they'd be slammed by critics for being way too contrived if they were part of a fictional story.
** The band regularly hangs out in a cemetery. Within a few years two of their members would be buried there.
** Berry Oakley dies in an almost identical motorcycle accident a little over a year after Duane Allman, just three blocks away.
** Oakley's replacement Lamar Williams, and Allen Woody, who played bass in the reunited band in TheNineties, also suffer untimely deaths.
** Duane plays guitar on "[[Music/DerekAndTheDominos Layla]]". After his death keyboardist Chuck Leavell joins the band. Then when Music/EricClapton has a hit with his UnpluggedVersion of the song, Leavell plays piano on it.
** Road manager Twiggs Lyndon gets in a fight with a club owner over money and stabs him to death. He successfully uses the InsanityDefense. Years later he dies in a skydiving accident near [[MeaningfulName Duanesburg]], New York.
* RedOniBlueOni: The two drummers. Butch Trucks (Red) was the flashy beatmaster. Jaimoe (Blue) was the more subtle, rhythmic drummer.
* RepurposedPopSong: One of the more awkward examples. In TheNineties Red Lobster used a rewritten version of "Revival" in a commercial, changing "Love is everywhere" to "Lobster's everywhere."
* RevolvingDoorBand: Quite a bit. The only constant members were Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks, with fellow Drummer Jaimoe coming a close second (Jaimoe was absent for only one album, ''Brothers of the Road'') and guitarist Dickey Betts clinching third (he was with the group from when they formed until he was acrimoniously kicked out after ''Peakin' at the Deacon''). In total, the amount of bandmates the Brothers cycled through totaled up to 20, including a few who didn't contribute to any releases at all.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Gregg Allman had several very public scandals involving drugs, and even flipped on his friends, bodyguards, and a manager to avoid jailtime.
* ShoutOut:
** "Free Bird" by LynyrdSkynyrd was one for Duane.
** "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (allegedly) was written after Dickey Betts noticed a headstone at a cemetery the band used as a rehearsal spot. [[HarsherInHindsight Duane Allman and Berry Oakley would later be buried in the same cemetery grounds]].
* SiameseTwinSongs: The first two songs on their first album, in fact: a cover of Spencer Davis' "Don't Want You No More" followed by Gregg's "It's Not My Cross to Bear", a medley that has shown up in countless concerts since.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Berry Oakley sang one lead vocal for the band--''Idlewild South'''s "Hoochie Coochie Man".
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Averted with Dickey Betts and zig-zagged with Gregg Allman. Dickey filled in for Duane after his death, he never occupied the same prominence and didn't take over all his duties. When Chuck Leavell was in the band as a second keyboard player, Gregg would occasionally play as a second guitarist onstage, but like Dickey, he didn't take on all of Duane's parts and never really emulated Duane's appearance either (preferring a clean shaven look through most of the band's first decade).
** Warren Haynes took the Duane role in TheEighties. Slide guitar prodigy Derek Trucks (drummer Butch Trucks' nephew) replaced Warren, then Warren later on returned and replaced Betts!
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Gregg meant to save "Melissa" for his solo albums, considering it too light a song for the band before deciding to record it on ''Eat a Peach'' in tribute to Duane. It falls even more into this trope as the years go by, since the Derek Trucks/Warren Haynes lineup plays heavier than their predecessors.
* TeamDad: Duane. The lack of his steadying presence after 1971 played a big role in the chaos of their later career.
* UncommonTime: The EpicRiff from "Whipping Post" is in 11/4. Gregg Allman wasn't actually thinking about the time signature when he wrote it, just [[RuleOfCool whether it sounded cool]]. Duane had to explain to him what 11/4 was. Gregg later returned to this time signature in his solo song "Queen of Hearts".
*** And it gets ''more'' complicated during live performances. The ''At Fillmore East'' version, for instance, has two distinct sections in free time.
** Also on their first album, "Black Hearted Woman" starts in 7/8, then spends most of its time in 4/4, then back to brief reprises of 7/8 and 4/4, and finally ending in a 12/8 fadeout. Definitely an unusual rhythmic progression for a Southern blues-rock song.
** "Revival" uses 5/4 for most of its EpicInstrumentalOpener (its first few bars are in 4/4, though). The band employed this trope pretty often, really.
* VocalTagTeam: Gregg Allman is the main singer, but Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes have taken on lead duties for specific songs.
* YourCheatingHeart: They played blues-rock. Having a bunch of songs about infidelity was a foregone conclusion, really.