SR Track of the Day: Gregg Allman & Jackson Browne – Melissa
Forty-five years ago two Florida-born brothers, Gregg and Duane, decided to form a band. Little did they know that the band would be considered one of the greatest groups in rock ‘n roll history by 2014. This band is known as The Allman Brothers Band.
One song that has become a crowd favorite over the years is “Melissa”. The tune was written in 1967 by Gregg Allman on his brother Duane’s guitar. In 1971, the band got the tragic news that Duane Allman had passed away in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. In early 1972 The Allman Brothers Band released their historic double album “Eat A Peach”, in memory of guitarist Duane Allman. That album featured the classic tune, “Melissa”.
On January 10, 2014 Gregg Allman invited some of the most skillful musicians in the industry to join him for a special evening at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia to record an album (“All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman”). One of them that joined Allman onstage was longtime friend and singer/songwriter, Jackson Browne. Two rock ‘n roll legends and friends shared the stage. Priceless.
Allman took the lead vocals on the first verse and then gave Browne a chance in the spotlight with the second verse. Gregg had the biggest smile on his face when Jackson sang the lyrics:
“Freight train, each car looks the same, all the same.
And no one knows the Gypsy’s name…”
Rami Jaffee, keyboard and organ, performs a solo after Jackson’s verse that will make your jaw drop to the ground. Jaffee has also loaned his skills to groups such as The Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers, Pearl Jam and many more.
Guitar extraordinaire, Jack Pearson, had a short run with The Allman Brothers Band in the late 90’s. Gregg Allman is quoted as saying “Jack Pearson is tops – he really is. That guy can do it all. As a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, he is amazing…There is no question that Jack Pearson is one of the most accomplished cats I’ve ever played with…” This statement rings true in “Melissa”. His solo in this rendition will bring tears of joy to any guitar enthusiasts.
The timeless tune is just one of the many highlights of “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman”. Be sure to check out Gregg on the road with The Allman Brothers Band this summer.
Don Was (Bass)
Jack Pearson (Guitar)
Audley Freed (Guitar)
Kenny Aronoff (Drums)
Jim Hoke (Saxophone)
Vinnie Ciecielski (Trumpet)
John Hinchey (Trombone)
Jimmy Hall (Hamonica)
Regina McCrary (Vocals)
Ann McCrary (Vocals)
Alfreda McCrary (Vocals)
The Allman Brothers Band: