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Berry Oakley Tribute
Posted by: Lana on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:41 AM
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Re: Berry Oakley Tribute (Score: 1)
by Jfitts6055 on Jan 23, 2002 - 01:26 AM

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I was only 2 when Berry died but I appreciate his playing immensley.
I did just see his son play with Blue Floyd for the Beatlejam show in Hartford, CT. All's I can say is wow. Berry Jr. is awesome!!! and does his name proud. I did some research today and see that father and son never met. So while I wish I had a chance to see Berry Sr. play that is perhaps selfish. Even more so, I hope he can see what his son is accomplishing.


Re: Berry Oakley Tribute (Score: 1)
by stevenybo on Jan 27, 2002 - 07:11 PM

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I was able to witness Berry Oakley's work when I frequented ABB concerts in 1970. Berry, it has been said, was like a third lead guitar! When he played he bounced bending his knees. It was his continuous participation in the music, an integral moving part of this remarkable group. If the ABB was greater than the sum of its individual parts it was much due the rythmic drive of Berry's play. It is part of that Allman Brother's trance they were able to play in and put us all in, Whippin Post, Hootchie Coochie Man!

I remember getting a chance to see Berry in Piedmont Park where the band became real human beings to us, not just an extraordinary band. Being close to Berry was a special time for me. I revisited the spot a couple of years ago at the pavilion where they played.

It made the time seem more distant at first as we strolled into the park. It was a cool overcast afternoon but I was able to recall where Berry and I stood, where the Allman Brother's Winnebago was parked and the place where they played "Oh, Pretty Woman" on a warm Atlanta day in a light rain.

"Seven 'Witch' Doctors they say..." it took to escort him into this world certainly seven witch doctors cannot bring him back. One of the most significant players I will ever see was able to show me how incredible a human's influence can be in the lives of others.




Re: Berry Oakley Tribute (Score: 1)
by johnhack on Apr 28, 2002 - 11:45 PM

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i had been playing bass 5 years when ifirst heard berry.what a wonderfully melodic player.he has been the most influential bass player for me and i am still using a jazz bass 33 years later. thanks berry.


Re: Berry Oakley Tribute (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Aug 05, 2005 - 11:56 PM
Did he have a son name wayton (Spelling or something). Back in college there was this band the Oakley Krieger band (I believe it was Oakley and Bobby Krieger's (the door) sons who formed the band.



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