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This was originally recorded by Blind Willie McTell, a popular Blues musician who played in Georgia until his death in 1959.
Statesboro is a city in Georgia not far from Macon, where the band lived.
Duane Allman learned to play bottleneck slide guitar by practicing this over and over. He drove his band mates crazy.
Duane Allman started playing this after hearing the version by an influential Blues musician named Taj Mahal. His brother Gregg gave him the Taj Mahal album as well as a bottle of medicine for his cold. The next time Gregg saw him, Duane had emptied the bottle, washed the label off, and was using it to play slide guitar.
This opens At The Fillmore East, an album that solidified their reputation as a great live band.
This was played in sets by Hour Glass, one of the first bands Duane and Gregg Allman formed.
The band performed this at Duane Allman's funeral, with Dickey Betts playing Duane's guitar.
After Duane's death, Betts played the slide guitar on this at concerts. He was reluctant to do so because he did not want to compete with Allman's legend.
A previously unreleased studio version appears on their 1989 5-disk box set Dreams.
At the end of Duane Allman's guitar solo, he hit an off-key note that his brother Gregg called the "note from hell." The song made the album warts and all, as these things happen during live performances. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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