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Album: The Allman Brothers BandReleased: 1969
Gregg Allman wrote this in Jacksonville in 1968, just after he returned from Los Angeles.
Gregg wrote this on an ironing board using burnt matches. He got the idea in the middle of the night and couldn't find a pen.
This became a staple of their live shows. They usually played it as an extended jam, often improvising so it did not sound the same twice.
This was the last song on the first Allman Brothers album.
Berry Oakley came up with the bass line, which the band worked around. Oakley died in a motorcycle accident in 1972.
A 22-minute live version appears on At Fillmore East. Since this took up almost an entire side, it became a double album. The band insisted on keeping the price close to that of a single album.
Fans would scream out for this even at concerts for other bands.
The chorus is written in 11/8 time, but the verses are written in 12/8. When asked by American Songwriter
magazine how he came to compose such songs with progressions that are definitely nothing resembling blues or typical rock and roll, Allman replied that he's not entirely sure. "Man, I just stumbled onto 'em," he said. "I really didn't know exactly what I was doing, I just did it. My brother had to tell me that 'Whipping Post' was in 11/4 time; I had no idea."