Queen of Hearts

Album: Laid Back (1973)
  • Gregg Allman wrote this for Janice Blair, who was the second of his six wives - she married him in 1973 and they divorced in 1975. Janice is the sister of Ron Blair, the bassist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
  • Gregg Allman originally intended this for The Allman Bros' Brothers and Sisters LP. "That song took me about a year and a half to write," he told American Songwriter magazine. "We were rehearsing for the Brothers and Sisters album in 1973, and I had this pile of confetti around the piano where I'd tear it [the song] up in a rage and then go back to it. I finally played it for the band and one of them, I won't say who, said, 'Well, it just ain't sayin' nothin'.' I was livid. So I got on the first thing smokin' to Miami and recorded the Laid Back album."
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  • Tim from Apex, NcAs said above, which no doubt came from Gregg's book My Cross to Bear, this song IS the reason Laid Back got recorded! The Brothers gave it a rather nasty thumbs down. Turned out to be just the push he needed! We should thank them all!
  • Deborah from Oakland, CaThis song takes me back to 1973, when I was introduced to Greg Allman by my roommate at the time, Cindy Glessner. She constantly played the "Laid Back" album and "Queen of Hearts" always resonated with me. Whenever I hear that steel guitar intro, my heart goes back to those days of smoking lots of weed and being 22 and single in the 70's. Good times.
  • Ken from Chicago, IlReference to Duane: "To leave it lay for just one day...Oh, brother you're gonna come back to find it gone"

  • Greg from Harrington Park, NjBeautifully arranged, jazzy, melancholy lyrics, a musical masterpiece. Easily the best song Gregg Allman has ever written and it was for his solo album Laid Back, not w the Allman brothers band unfortunately. If you have never listened to or heard the Laid Back album you need to ASAP. It is a must have - from the beginning to the end the album is flawless.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnNot to be confused with the Dave Edmunds song of the same title, or the cover of that song by Juice Newton.
  • Robby from Nyc, NySensitive and jazzy, introspective. Love playing along with.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiathat's nice
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