Top 5 Places Associated with The Allman Brothers Band
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Rose Hill Cemetery
Not only is this historic cemetery the final resting place for Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, but it also served as a place of artistic inspiration for the band. The grave site of Elizabeth Reed Napier inspired the Dickey Betts-written instrumental “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”.
The Big House
Located at 2321 Vineville Avenue, this was home to members of the band, their families and roadies between 1970 and 1973. Now a museum dedicated to the band, many of the Allman Brothers’ most popular songs were written and developed here.
Central City Park
The Allman Brothers were well-known for playing free Sunday afternoon concerts in places like Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and the Boston Common. This tradition began in the late 60’s in Macon, GA's Central City Park.
Separate from the record label’s offices son Cotton Avenue, the studios were located on Broadway. Now Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in downtown Macon. Beginning with their second album, “Idlewild South,” this is where much of the band’s music was recorded. The building is vacant but may soon become a combination museum and working studio again.
Within a short walk of the Capricorn offices, this “meat and three” was a favorite restaurant of the band members. In their fledgling years, Mama Louise fed the band for free, and they reciprocated in their years of greater success by taking her on the road with them, as their personal chef.
Ben Sandifer is a former top 40 radio DJ, with a passion for the music and related information presented on Solid Gold Sock Hop each week. Ben is the managing partner of GMS Advertising & Productions, a full-service advertising agency and production company located in Macon, Georgia. GMS has earned 6 Gabby awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and was named 2012 Small Business of the Year for Specialized Services by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce/Macon Economic Development Corporation. Ben is also a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (Radio Advertising Bureau) and a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.