Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
I don't know which is more of a joke - Duane at no. 52 or BB King at no. 76!
Rolling Stone put Duane at no. 2 in its list of '100 Best Guitarists Ever' (followed by BB King, Duane's great admirer Clapton, and Robert Johnson (any of you kids heard of him? ).
Basically, all these five taught their guitar a new language.
I love Prince, and he certainly made his guitar talk a new language.. but it was basically a 'theatrical' language. In purely musical terms, in expressive control and range, he's a baby crying to Duane's astonishing fluency. Even Hendrix seems coarse in comparison.. but then Jimi trips over into another dimension from all other guitarists in history, and you'd have to be more insane than he was, not to put him at the top.
Any guitar player worth their weight could tell you that duane is the best slide player in the electric era. And he didn't need a slide. The man's fingers could make the guitar scream with such intensity it cuts through you like a hot knife through butter!
You guys don't know guitar if you haven't heard Duane Allman. Why are all the most overrated guitarists in the top ten? (Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Syn Gates) Just listen to whipping post and be amazed by his skills. David Fricke of Rolling Stone put him at #2 on his list, and Rolling Stone put him at #9. He is the best slide guitarist. Eddie Van Halen doesn't even make a top 50 for me, all he does is tap. Slash sounds the same in all his solos, and I don't even know what Syn Gates was doing there. So please, take the time to listen to some of Duane Allman's guitar work.
This is bull jimmy page could not lay a finger on Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix is the only one who even comes close mainly because he could sing, not because of his skills on guitar.
DUANE ALLMAN IS #1
To make Duane anything but Number 1 is a shame. It shows how those that vote have not listened to him live. There are plenty of examples out there to listen to. I have seen more than half of the top 25 live. From 1970-1971, I was lucky enough to see Duane live 3 times. I also saw Hendrix (couldn't reproduce the albums I loved live, maybe it was the drugs.) Page I saw twice and he was not good at all. I have seen better bar band guitarists. Gilmore was great, May was great, Slash was good, BB was great, Stevie was great. Clapton was good. Bonomassa was OK. But Duane was the "Natural". To lose him in 1971 at just 24 was a horrible loss. What he could of done live or in the studio is beyond comprehension. There is a great band up there, and they all are giving Duane their pick for him to play lead. Listen to the live stuff and the Anthology albums. This is what he was and did every time. - Kevinlcpc
Duane Allman was to the guitar what Bill Evans was to the piano. They both understood music at a level few can comprehend and their virtuosic ability on their respective instruments allowed them to create music that soars above the rest.
I find it interesting that a list of great guitar players doesn't include any Jazz artists. I would put Pat Metheny and John Scofield in the top 5.
I don't care who plays the fastest, has the best technique, the slickest... Whatever. It comes down to telling an emotional story, note by note and Duane could do it better than anyone. Add Dickey and they weaved a story untouched by and duo. Then duane adds slide in the mix and just takes your heart and mind to places no guitarist has reached. Just listen to Live At Filmore, considered by many (Rolling Stone, Playboy others) as the best live album ever recorded. After that, get abeverage, a couple hits, headphones and put on Mountain Jam from Eat A Peach for the ride of your life.
Duane Allman helped create the wave of Southern rock in the 70's despite his death in 1971. I've never heard anyone play slide guitar like him. Just listen to In Memory of Elizabeth Reed and you'll change your mind. Nobody in this list can match his improvisational skills either.
The genius of melodic slide. Also, someone who could play music with anybody. Most can only play what they are good at. His melodic guitar solos are like a separate beautiful melody woven into a song's original melody.
Wow, 26? If any of you know what he did at Muscle Shoals, he's at #3 or higher. From the rock of Layla, to the amazing slide on statesboro Blues, the nastiness on you don't love me, the soul on not my cross to bear and the creativity on dreams makes Duane the most versatile guy on this list.
The fact that Wilson Pickett and Aretha picked him to play as a session guitarist tells you all you need to know.
He died aged 24 and probably made more decent musicin that time than most of the rest of the people on this list put together, not only with the Allman brothers band, but also playing sessions for people like Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett etc etc. And he was the other guitarist in Derek and the Dominoes - because Clapton respected him so much.
I find it a joke that Duane is 32nd. I think he should be 2nd only behind Hendrix. Perhaps, his short career and small body of work don't merit so high a standing, but he'll always be No. 2 to me.
Oh my God, what an asinine poll! Clapton was blown away by Duane, and so by Hendrix, but Jimmy had been playing for years and Duane was just getting it together, way before his time!
First saw him in Swansea in 73. Went for a beer beforehand, ended up sitting across the table from him and his band. He was wearing a donkey jacket and drinking a pint of Guinness, you have got to love this man. Totally amazing gig later, I will never forget.
What the hell is duane doing at #56. this list is ridiculous; prince at #2? That's messed up. Duane reinvented the slide guitar and put himself out as probably the #2 guitarist of all time and only lived to 24.
I find it hard to believe that the talentless crap guitarist from 30 secs to mars and avenge sevenfold are higher than Duane alman. Duane is with out question the best guitarist who ever played a note. All you kids need to listen to classic rock more and maybe you'll actually find out how good music can be.
Eric Clapton himself thought Duane was a better guitarist than him and wanted him in his band, so why is Eric on here above duane?
Music is so personal yes, but also definable in talent and complexity. OBVIOUSLY most here are not familiar with Duane. Top ten hands down.
A number of voters have probably not heard him. A pity he died so young - if he had lived another ten years everybody would have known him! An inspiration!
The fourth-rated song on your Top Ten list of great rock songs, Free Bird, is a tribute to this man. So why is he at 27?
Duane is the best! I am born long after is death but you just have to listen once to his recordings to understand his greatness.
Duane Allman is far and away the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music. He is absolutely in a class by himself.
I defy anyone to not be absolutely transfixed by the breadth and majesty of the virtuoso performance of "Skydog"on "Whipping Post" on the Fillmore album. It can and will take your breath away.
Hey Jude... in memory of Elizabeth lane... Whipping post... He should be number one on this list! - ChatonNoir
This list is a joke. No guy can make the Guitar sing like him, just ask Clapton who needed him the complete Layla.