Watch Gregg Allman And Dickey Betts Play “Melissa” In Duane’s Honor

first_img“Melissa” was always Duane Allman‘s favorite song to hear his brother sing. So ten years after his death, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and “Dangerous” Dan Toler took the stage at NBC Studios to perform the emotional song in his honor.Gregg Allman would often recount memories of his brother Duane at the dinner table, asking him to “play that song… the one about the girl.” While the core of the band died in the early 1970s, when Duane and Berry Oakley died in motorcycle accidents a year apart from each other, the last 40+ years have been dedicated to prolonging the life of the music through the remaining members, and whatever iteration of players the original bandmates recruited throughout time.The music stayed strong for 45 years, until the Allman Brothers Band officially played their last show in October of 2014. While Gregg, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe all played in their respective bands outside of the ABB, there was still hope that the band would reunite for a 50th anniversary. With the deaths of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks this year, we regret to realize the time has passed.Gregg Allman’s voice and songwriting has proved timeless already, and will continue to warm our hearts for years to come. Watch the 1981 performance, and take a moment to let it sink in.last_img read more