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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"Statesboro Blues" (1971)

The Allmans' iconic At Fillmore East album kicks off with his tight, punchy version of Blind Willie McTell's blues classic, written in the 1920s and referencing Statesboro, Georgia. Gregg rarely sounds so strong and confident, and the traded solos of Duane and Betts landed the song in the Top 10 of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs."

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