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This is based on a 1951 Hank Williams song of the same title. It's about a guy whose travels take him to many places, and he takes life as it comes.
Allmans guitarist Dickey Betts wrote this in the house the band shared in Macon, Georgia. Betts sang lead on this track.
This was The Allman's first top 10 hit. The song came out after the death of guitarist and driving force Duane Allman. Although the band lost a major part of their sound, they showed they could still be successful without Duane. (thanks, Dee - Northfield, IL)
The original working title of the song was "Ramblin' Country Man." A heretofore unknown third verse was sung by Dickey Betts on his Instant Live CD released in 2004. (thanks, Dave - Madison, WI)
The band played this on the premiere of an ABC show called In Concert. It was their first national TV appearance, and also Berry Oakley's last performance, as the bass player died in a motorcycle accident a week later. The show aired after his death and was dedicated to him.
This was the last song Oakley recorded. He died in a motorcycle accident on November 11, 1972.
This was kept out of the #1 spot by Cher's "Half Breed." Gregg Allman married Cher in 1975.
A short part of this song appears in the 1973 movie The Exorcist. It's used in a bar scene when the priest is in the bar. (thanks, burak - Mersin, Turkey)
This song was referenced in the Nickelodeon Cartoon Hey Arnold! briefly and not by title, but by lyric. In the episode "The Journal," when discussion of the title Character's birth springs up, his grandmother responds, "I Thought he was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus going down highway 41." (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)
Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
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