Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on September 8th of 1973 The Allman Brothers started a five week run at the top of the US album chart with “Brothers And Sisters”, the group’s only US #1 LP. From that LP comes the song “Ramblin’ Man”.The song is based on a 1951 Hank Williams song of the same title. It’s about a guy whose travels take him to many places, and he takes life as it comes. Allmans guitarist Dickey Betts wrote this in the house the band shared in Macon, Georgia. Betts sang lead on this track.This was The Allman’s first top 10 hit. The song came out after the death of guitarist and driving force Duane Allman. Although the band lost a major part of their sound, they showed they could still be successful without Duane.The original working title of the song was “Ramblin’ Country Man.” A heretofore unknown third verse was sung by Dickey Betts on his Instant Live CD released in 2004. This was the last song  Berry Oakley recorded. He died in a motorcycle accident on November 11, 1972.The band played this on the premiere of an ABC show called In Concert. It was their first national TV appearance, and also Berry Oakley’s last performance, as the bass player died in a motorcycle accident a week later. The show aired after his death and was dedicated to him. This was kept out of the #1 spot by Cher’s “Half Breed.” Gregg Allman married Cher in 1975. The song failed to chart in the UK.