Gregg Allman: 20 Essential Songs

Southern rock pioneer fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, creating a template for countless jam bands

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"Ain't Wastin' Time No More" (1972)

"I had that lick for a while, and I remember [Berry] Oakley saying, 'Man, what is that little thing you keep playing?'" Gregg recalled. Good thing Oakley pushed Allman to finish the song. From the somber opening rumble of Gregg's piano to Betts' wistful slide parts, this Eat a Peach gem serves as both an acknowledgement of Duane's death and a reason for continuing. Gregg said it was partly inspired by "people coming back from the war in Vietnam," but Duane's ghost clearly hovers over this haunted but moving song.

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