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  posted on 12/30/2011 at 09:50 PM
according to the story, Gregg shot himself in the foot...was it at The Big House ?

Just wonderin' .









[Edited on 12/31/2011 by Peachstatedawg]

 

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  posted on 12/30/2011 at 10:09 PM
Not the Big House....

It was at their home in Daytona....

 

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  posted on 12/31/2011 at 04:13 AM
Not an answer for your question but the story itself:


A friend told me Gregg Allman shot himself to avoid serving in Vietnam–is that true?

Gregg Allman celebrated his eighteenth birthday in 1965–not a good year for that moment to come if your plans didn’t include being drafted by the U.S. Army. His older brother Duane was exempt from the draft, being the eldest son in a family without a father; however, Duane was determined that the Army wouldn’t be getting his little brother and musical partner. (Their band at that point was called the Allman Joys; the Allman Brothers Band lineup didn’t come until 1969.)

Gregg remembered, “My brother said, ‘I’ll tell you what we’re gonna do. Just shoot a bullet through your foot.’ I thought he was joking. He wasn’t.” So the night before Gregg’s physical examination, Duane threw him a “foot-shootin’ party,” plying him with speed and whiskey, and inviting over some friends and some girls. Gregg painted a target on his left moccasin. “I didn’t want to hurt myself,” Gregg said. “The long bones in your foot come to a V, and I wanted to hit it right there so it would crack two of them but not really upset anything permanently.”

Faced with the actual act of shooting himself, however, Gregg understandably had second thoughts–but Duane wouldn’t let him back down, calling him “chickenshit” and saying “I invited these nice ladies over here to see a foot-shootin’ and you’re going to let them down?” So Gregg slammed down some more whiskey and called an ambulance. As soon as he could hear the sirens–bang!–he pulled the trigger. Many musicians shoot themselves in the foot metaphorically, but Gregg had pulled off the rare stunt of doing it literally.

“I was bleeding quite a bit because the speed and liquor had my blood pressure going,” Gregg said. In the rush to the hospital, he and Duane forgot the target he had painted on the moccasin–so Duane had to sneak back into the operating room and grab the mangled shoe back, lest somebody report the Allmans to the government. The next day, Gregg showed up at the induction center with a huge bandage and crutches–he was quickly disqualified. Like both Bush and Cheney, Gregg Allman had found a way to avoid Vietnam.

(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)

 

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  posted on 12/31/2011 at 04:15 AM
https://gardenandgun.com/article/greg-allmans-restless-soul?page=0%2C0

BY MATT HENDRICKSON APRIL/MAY 2011 FEATURES

Gregg Allman's Restless Soul
With his first solo album in fourteen years, the spiritual leader of the Allman Brothers is feeling the blues—in a good way

“C’mon, you can do it!”

Duane Allman was goading his younger brother, Gregg, in the backyard of their house in Daytona Beach, Florida. Duane had been drinking all day, and he was growing impatient. “Well, you’re just a chicken,” he scoffed.

It was 1965, and Gregg and Duane were at a crossroads. Not even twenty, they had crisscrossed the South playing in a band called the Allman Joys. They did gigs at rough joints like the Stork Club in Mobile, Alabama, where they played six nights a week, five sets a night, forty-five minutes per set. Gregg was weary of the road and ready to give up and go to dental school—after a week of playing the Stork, he and Duane each pocketed only $111—but if he pursued dentistry, he would be in debt and stay in debt. He decided to continue with the band. The only problem was, Gregg was eighteen and about to get drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Duane—who was exempt because their father was dead and he was the oldest son—had cooked up a scheme to get his young brother out of the draft: have Gregg shoot himself in the foot in order to get a medical pass.

“I’ve invited these nice ladies over here to see a foot shooting and you’re going to let them down?” Duane screamed. The girls began to cry. Gregg had drawn a target on his moccasin, placing it carefully between two of the bones in his foot so as to cause minimal damage. After more berating by Duane, Gregg slammed down two more shots of whiskey, made a quick phone call, and came back outside with his Saturday night special handgun. In the distance, a siren wailed. Then, BAM! Gregg had done it. In a remarkable moment of lucidity, he had called the ambulance before he pulled the trigger. The next day, he hobbled into the Army recruitment office and got his medical exemption. The Allman Brothers Band was born.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2011 at 06:57 PM
quote:
Not the Big House....

It was at their home in Daytona....



Long before the formation of the ABB.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2011 at 09:15 PM
The Inside Track With Graham Nash @ 5:57 mark, Gregg tells the story about shooting himself in the foot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-mvbeQVnoI

 

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