The Allman Brothers Band were founded in 1969 and could arguably be called one of the 21st centuries most impressive comeback acts. Although not really getting noticed until mid Seventies, the band's mix of blues and rock had a Southern feel, and paved the way for a new genre, Southern Rock, which included groups such as the Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Duane Allman quit working as a session guitarist in 1969 and put together a band that included Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, and Dickey Betts. After one long jam session, Allman knew he had his band, except for a singer, until he talked his brother into joining. The band put tickets on sale and recorded their first album and toured Florida and Georgia.
The self-titled debut album was guitar-heavy blues-rock, which received good reviews and gained the band a cult following. The band played a series of shows at the Fillmore East in March of 1971 that were recorded and later released as a third album. "At Fillmore East" (Live) was certified a gold record and became an instant classic. Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident 14 days after the album was certified gold. The band had been midway through work on its next album, Eat a Peach, which incidentally was their first album to reach the Top Ten. Instead of trying to find a new guitarist, they added a piano, played by Chuck Leavell.