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Published: 2013/05/22

Duane Allman’s Coricidin Bottle Slide Returns Back to Allman Family After 40 Years

Early this May, Devon Allman, son of Gregg and nephew of guitarist Duane Allman, was given a rare coricidin glass bottle slide that once belonged to his late uncle. Devon is a musician in his own right and currently plays guitar in his band the Royal Southern Brotherhood. He was given the slide after a performance at the Live After 5 Festival in Greenwood, SC by Mr. Bentz Kirby, who had received it from a friend who’d been holding on to it for over 35 years. He had kept the slide with the hope of someday reuniting it with the Allman family, and through Facebook was finally able to make it happen.

The slide was stolen off of Duane Allman’s amplifier during a show in Statesboro, GA on January 7, 1971. Duane’s signature sound was inextricably connected to the coricidin bottle that, in part, helped earn him the nickname, “Sky Dog.” According to EJ Devokaitis, The Allman Brothers Band Big House Museum curator, there are most likely less than 25 coricidin slides out there and only three on display. The coricidin bottles made before 1972 were rare in that there were no seams and each had it’s own particular sound, so Duane would try them out one by one to until he was satisfied. Those after 1972 included child proof safety caps and different materials in the glass production, making them more difficult to use and the sound completely different. Needless to say, Devon is honored to be in possession of a family heirloom, thought lost for over 40 years.

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