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Lamar Williams Tribute
Posted by: Lana on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:45 AM
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Re: Lamar Williams Tribute (Score: 1)
by strat89 on Apr 03, 2002 - 06:31 PM

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Lamar came into the band at a very difficult time and enabled the ABB to continue recording and performing live... my hat is off to him ..
great musician, great bass player..
do we have an update on him?


Re: Lamar Williams Tribute (Score: 1)
by Holt (Holtwpearce@hotmail.com)
on Nov 21, 2002 - 12:02 PM
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LAMAR WILLIAMS - OUT OF THE SHADOWS

by John Lynskey

Sometimes, I guess it's just fate and circumstance that cause a talented individual to never get the recognition that they deserve. It happens in sports Lou Gehrig toiled behind Babe Ruth for years, and Robert Parrish was an afterthought to Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. It also happened to Lamar Williams of the Allman Brothers Band. An absolutely brilliant bass player, Lamar has fallen through the cracks of ABB history. In the mid-70s, he was trapped between the legacy of Berry Oakley and the off-stage headlines of Gregg and Dickey, and Lamar's playing never got the credit it deserved. After the sensationalized break-up of the Allman Brothers in 1976, Lamar went onto greater artistic creativity as the bass player for Sea Level, but to even less public acclaim. His untimely death in 1983 at the age of 34 came at a point in musical trends when the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band had been almost completely forgotten. The resurrection of the band in 1989 and its subsequent rise back to the top has been nothing short of a miracle, but it also means that there is an entire generation of fans who have only a faint idea of who Lamar was. How many of you have been to shows where Lamar's image is shown on the screen during "No One to Run With," and very few people in the crowd seems to recognize him? It's time to change that, and give Lamar a bit of the spotlight. Please enjoy this look at Lamar Williams, out of the shadows at last.

Lamar Williams was born on January 14, 1949, in the coastal town of Gulfport, Mississippi. He was the oldest of nine children born to Lemon and Betty Williams. His father was a professional gospel singer, and from the earliest age, both his parents instilled a love of music in their oldest son. As a child, Lamar would spent hours with his ear pressed up against a speaker, literally immersing himself in jazz, gospel, and r&b. He flirted with several different instruments, including the guitar and drums, but was eventually drawn to the bass. He had a natural talent for it, and by his early teens, Lamar was skilled enough to join his father's gospel group. When he was fifteen, Lamar met a drummer named Johnny Lee Johnson, and the most important friendship of his life was formed.
Jaimoe: "I met Lamar through my uncle, Thomas Kelley, Jr. He had a friend named Richard, and they were always over at the house, visiting my mother. One day Richard brought Lamar along, and that's how our friendship started." Jaimoe was four years older than Lamar, and was as much a big brother as he was a friend to the rather quiet bass player. "I practically raised Lamar, at least in a musical sense," says Jaimoe. "He had such natural talent, right from the very beginning. Lamar never really studied music - he just knew it. When I first met him, he'd come over and we'd hang out, and play records and stuff. I had this old upright bass, and Lamar would come over and jam on it - he played it with his thumb - while I played the drums. Eventually, he started playing bass in his father's spiritual group, and Lamar would be the person telling everyone what parts they should sing. It was just something he heard - he always knew what sounded right. I look at Lamar as being my student-teacher, in that I taught him a lot about being a musician, but there was so much I learned from him in return, sometimes without even knowing it. It was when I finally realized that I was learning from him that I really started opening my ears. He was such a phenomenal player, and he made me wake up and pay more attention to what he was showing me. It was like, 'Shit man, something's happening here.' As a matter of fact, it was Lamar who taught me how to truly play a bass drum. When I was in bands with Otis Redding, Joe Tex, and Percy Sledge, I was always playing this bebop stuff on my bass drum, rather than playing a steady pattern that kind of floats along with what the bass player is doing. I

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Re: Lamar Williams Tribute (Score: 1)
by alltimeallmanfan on Feb 22, 2013 - 02:06 PM

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I wish Lamar would get more credit from band members.The lineup from 73 to 75 was awesome.I believe as good as any. Way differant sound and all musicians in their prime.I have seen many times since but this was my first lineup I saw about 5 times in Jersey and NY during this period.Thanks Lamar,still listen to that bass live on Wolfgangs Vault from 73,Ned Johnson



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