Hour Glass

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formed in Decatur, Alabama, USA, in 1967 from the ashes of the Allman Joys, the group was fronted by Gregg Allman (Gregory Lenoir Allman, 8 December 1947, Nashville, Tennessee, USA; vocals/organ) and his brother Duane Allman (b. 20 November 1946, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 29 October 1971, Macon, Georgia, USA; guitar). Paul Hornsby (keyboards), Mabron McKinney (bass) and Johnny Sandlin completed the original line-up, ‘discovered’ playing juke-box favourites by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and their manager, Bill McEwan. The Hour Glass then moved to California, where they became a popular live attraction. Although their debut album consisted largely of pop/soul cover versions, it did include ‘Cast Off All My Fears’, an early Jackson Browne composition. However, the set was essentially a vehicle for Gregg’s voice, and with session musicians replacing the group proper, the results bore no relation to the quintet’s own ambitions. Jesse...

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