Posted by themusicsover on November 11, 2009
Raymond Berry Oakley
April 4, 1948 – November 11, 1972
Berry Oakley was the founding bassist for legendary southern rock band, the Allman Brothers Band. After moving to Florida from his hometown of Chicago, Oakley began playing with Dickey Betts. The two soon hooked up to form the Allman Brothers with Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and Jamoie Johanson. They went on to become one of the most influential rock bands America has ever produced. Albums like The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East, and Eat A Peach are considered landmark recordings of the rock era. Oakley’s bass skills are particularly evident on At Fillmore East’s “Whipping Post.” Berry Oakley, 24, died of head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The crash occured just three blocks from where Duane Allman was killed in an earilly similar motorcycle crash just one year earilier.