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Berry Oakley

“A Brother”

This Berry oil painting was a natural follow-up to my Duane and Gregory Allman paintings, shown here with his customized Fender Jazz Bass nicknamed “The Tractor Bass”.

Raymond Berry Oakley III (April 4, 1948 – November 11, 1972), was an American bassist and another of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band in 1969.

Berry was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Florida. He was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with guitarist Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, who was the band’s vocalist and keyboardist, Dickey Betts on co-lead guitar, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, both on drums, congas, and the band’s percussionist.

With the Allman Brothers, Oakley was known for his melodic bass runs underneath Allman and Betts’ furious guitar solos and jams. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, “Mountain Jam” and “Whipping Post” from the live album At Fillmore East and “Mountain Jam” from Live at Ludlow (one of my favorite solos) capture Oakley at his best. Oakley was also the band member most involved in establishing domestic unity among the band’s extended family.

Berry was devastated when Duane Allman passed away in 1971. The band continued touring, but Oakley “lost his sparkle” after losing his best friend. Berry died a year later and he and Duane are buried side by side at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA.

Thanks to photographer Sidney Smith of New Orleans, La for the photo reference and inspiration which he provided for this piece.

I hope you like this fitting portrayal of Berry, deep in the groove of his pure joy.










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    November 13, 2016 5:02 amPosted 3 years ago
    Helen Banes

    do you know if Linda Oakley Miller has a print of your Berry Oakley print or even of the original? If not, I’d love to buy her one for Christmas 🙂

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      November 13, 2016 9:00 amPosted 3 years ago
      Tom Noll (Author)

      How kind!! I’ve sent you an email. Thanks


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