Learning how to play “Jessica” should be in every guitarists locker!
Every guitarist should learn how to play Jessica! Although it was initially not a huge hit, Jessica went on to be one of the Allman Brothers most well known tracks. Before we look at how to play the song, a few words about the passing of Gregg Allman.
Gregg Allman Passes Away
It is with great sadness that we’ve heard of the passing of Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. He passed away Saturday (27 May) at his home in Savannah, Georgia, at the age of 69. His death was announced in a statement on his official website; no direct cause was given, but the statement said he had “struggled with many health issues over the past several years.”
He was the Allman Brothers’ lead singer and keyboard player, and in addition helped create their fusion of blues, jazz, country and rock that inspired countless other Southern Rock bands. Gregg and his brilliant guitar playing older brother, Duane, cut their teeth in Florida and in Macon, Georgia, performing lengthy jam-based rock for biker-orientated crowds who saw themselves mirrored by the group’s anti-style image and rebellious sounds.
After making their debut with a self-titled album in 1969, the Allmans hit paydirt with the monumental live double At Fillmore East (1971), and then faced tragedy when Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident that year. Bassist Berry Oakley perished in similar circumstances a year later. Undaunted, this toughest of American bands survived to find commercial success away from the bars and halls with the splendid Eat A Peach and the groundbreaking Brothers and Sisters, which included the perennial favourite ‘Ramblin’ Man.’ Gregg kept the flame burning throughout the ensuing decades, which saw them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. The Allman Brothers notched up eleven gold and five platinum albums from 1971 to 2005 and retained a fanatical live following of old and young followers. Like the Grateful Dead, they are viewed as national treasures in the USA and their European fan base is equally loyal.
It seems that never a day goes by without a great musician who made a mark on the music of the twentieth century passes on. In many ways this is no great surprise as the sheer amount of wonderful players and composers were all around the same age. Nonetheless, it does not make things any easier. We have their wonderful music to remember them by and for that we should all be eternally grateful.
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Learn How To Play Jessica
A hugely popular song for guitarists to learn, it was performed by the Allman Brothers although as mentioned before, it was not composed by Gregg. Enjoy playing this wonderful song with it’s catchy main theme and chord progression.
and here are the guys ripping it up live onstage at the Wanee Festival!
If you liked the old BBC Top Gear programme, here is Slash playing the theme tune to the show out which of course was…Jessica!
Gregg Remembered On Twitter Outpouring
It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home pic.twitter.com/8g0pAT3kky
— Allman Brothers Band (@allmanbrothers) May 27, 2017
— JustAnother PM (@JustAnotherPM) May 30, 2017
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 28, 2017
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