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  • Author Existence Failure: Duane died after they recorded three songs for Eat a Peach, leaving it a mystery how the rest of the album might have been had he lived.
  • Black Sheep Hit: When Dickey Betts brought in "Ramblin' Man" the others recognized it as a great song but were reluctant to record it because it didn't really sound like anything they'd recorded in the past (it was much more Country Music-influenced than most of their previous music). They recorded it and put it on Brothers and Sisters but were leaning toward releasing "Wasted Words" as the lead-off single until early positive radio reaction to "Ramblin' Man" led to a change of plans. And it became their biggest hit.
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  • Breakthrough Hit: At Fillmore East, for sure.
  • Creator Backlash: The band did not like the live album Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas, which was compiled in a rush by Capricorn Records and released shortly after their initial breakup. It's one of their only albums to never receive an official US reissue on disc.
    • The band felt that the albums they released during their early-80's formation, such as Englightened Rogues and Reach for the Sky, were "embarrassing" and felt that meddling from Arista Records hampered their quality. They never played tracks from these albums again on their subsequent reunion tours.
  • Fan Nickname: Duane is "Skydog", named for his Badass Mustache and soaring solos when he was a session musician at FAME studios.
  • He Also Did: Warren Haynes co-wrote the Garth Brooks hit "Two of a Kind (Workin' on a Full House)".
  • Hitless Hit Album: Eat a Peach and Win, Lose or Draw both made Top 5 on the album charts, while the highest any single from either album could manage on the pop charts was #77. Things were different on rock radio, where a number of songs from Eat a Peach became popular favorites. But played fairly straight with Win, Lose or Draw, which sold well at first as the long-anticipated follow-up to Brother and Sisters, but was largely forgotten after that.
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  • Old Shame: (Verging on Canon Discontinuity) Basically everything after Brothers and Sisters until the band stabilized with the Trucks/Haynes guitar team and Hittin' the Note in the early 2000s was this for different band members, due to recurring substance abuse problems, legal issues and bitter infighting.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Jessica" is now the theme for Top Gear.
  • Throw It In!: The cover for At Fillmore East is the result of this: most of the photos in the shoot were of the band looking bored and not doing a good job hiding their camera shyness (see also their picture on the main page). Then, by sheer chance, Duane recognized a dealer friend of his, ran up to him, bought some contraband, and ran back, hiding it in his lap. The rest of the band laughed at this, and photographer Jim Marshall snapped the image.
  • Troubled Production: The final album of the first phase of their career, Win, Lose or Draw, was, as many such bitter ends are, plagued by this trope.
    • Before the sessions began, Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts had already made plans to record solo albums for release afterwards. This led to mistrust from the other members, particularly after Allman missed the first day of sessions. When he did show up, the rest of the band spent little time recording or writing and instead confronted him at length about his future commitment to the band, confrontations Betts and others later admitted were aggravated by everyone's heavy drug use at the time. Over the rest of the sessions things deteriorated further, with Allman and Betts increasingly skipping sessions, unless it was their songs being recorded.
    • This annoyed the other members to the point that they, too, began skipping sessions. Eventually the sessions, as they often do in these situations, deteriorated to the point where a band who had recorded some of its best work by playing together live in the studio instead recorded their parts individually, with no one else present, and letting the producers put it together. At some points the producers even had to play parts on their own.
    • The final album was poorly received; it is considered their worst. It still managed to make the Top 10 and go gold, but that was far less well than the Allmans had been used to doing, and after its release the band broke up for another 14 years.


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