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  The Allman Brothers (first album, 1969) - Album cover photo location - 315 College Street, Macon, Georgia.


The Allman Brothers Band - album cover



(photo by Stephen Paley)



Where it was photographed, in a photo taken in 2013.



(photo by J.T. Wang)



Now with the album superimposed over the exact spot in PopSpots style.



(inset photo by Stephen Paley)



And from further back, with the cover on the right for reference.



(inset photos by Stephen Paley)



And now, as if it might have looked as the photographer walked up the front lawn...



(band photo by Stephen Paley)






FINDING THE EXACT LOCATION AND GETTING THE PHOTO





This PopSpot was relatively easy in that I had read that the Allmans' first cover was taken at 315 College St. in Macon, Georgia - and that's easy enough to find on Google Street views. But where, around the all-white house, was it taken?

315 College Street (often known as the Beall House - a former restaurant), if one does a little research through Allman fan sites, is the large mansion next to 309 College Street, the large house that the Allman Brothers first lived in when they came to Macon in 1969.

That house, #309, can be partially viewed on the right in this picture. The album shoot location, the Beall House, is on the left.




Here's a shot of the Allman Brothers' first house in Macon (309 College Street), from above. (It's in the red circle.)

According to Allman roadie "Red Dog" in an interview in the Washington Post about this location: "There were 10 of us living there. We didn't have anything but mattresses, a trip light, a stereo, and a Coke machine filled with Pabst and Bud. Ah, those were fun days."




Since that photo, the building has been taken down. All that's left of that house is this Allman Brother "mushroom" logo on the front sidewalk. (I'm not sure when it was put there.)




Here, to the right, behind the tree, is where the house would have been. And the sidewalk in front is where I am assuming the mushroom logo was embedded into the concrete, as the photo was sent to me just indicating: "I took the picture on the sidewalk which once led to the house."




This is a front-on picture of the Beall House, which, as we learn in this photo caption, is now becoming a learning center for string instruments (violins, violas, cellos, double-bass) as part of Mercer University.

What's striking is that there are windows on the left of the facade, and none on the right.

I had originally figured that the Allman Brothers were filmed on the front porch of this building, but in the Allman photos, there were no ground-level windows to the left of the band. Thus, the photo must have been taken around the porch to the right.




Here's a Bing's Eye-view down at the side of the house. You can see the large blank wall and high window that was in back and above the band.



(inset photo by Stephen Paley)



Now, using Google Street View, this was as close as I could get to the side of the house. It really didn't line up to make a great PopSpot, because of the angle and the distance...



(inset photo by Stephen Paley)



...But then, out of the blue, I get an email from an Allman Brother's fan named J.T. Wang who had just visited Macon, and had a picture taken of himself, in the exact spot that I needed a picture taken from! How lucky was that? Thanks,J.T.!

Here's J.T. now....



(photo by J.T. Wang)



And the rest, as they say, is PhotoShop. I took George out, and put the Band in and voila! - album cover location.



(inset photo by Stephen Paley)





By the way, the Wikipedia article on this album does not mention Steve Paley as the photographer of the front, inner sleeve, and back of the album, so if someone knows how to change that, that would be a nice tribute to Steve and these memorable photographs.





The interior cover of the album cover depicts the band naked in a stream somewhere. I have not tracked down the stream yet, but I will look for a large pile of clothes on a riverbank and report back.




(photo by Stephen Paley)



I did, however, find an outtake however that shows the guys after someone drained the lake they were in.

I guess the showers were out at 309 College Ave.



(photo by Stephen Paley)



The back cover of the album featured this photo of the band.

The photo was taken at a lush, park-like, historic cemetery named Rose Hill Cemetery, near the band's house in Macon where they used to go to walk around, relax and get inspired. It is in this cemetery, too, that both Duane Allman and Berry Oakley are buried side by side.

(photo by Stephen Paley)




They went there so often, they named one of their most famous songs after one of the tombstones they would see there: that of Elizabeth Reed. The song is the familiar: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed. Elizabeth's tombstone can be seen below, via an image from a travel website called "Trip Advisor."




The back cover was taken next to a large burial space called The Bond Monument, pictured here, from the fan website called www.duaneallman.info




PopSpotted, the back cover would look like this....



(insert photo by Stephen Paley)



The website mentioned above - www.duaneallman.info has extensive collection of photos of places the band frequented in Macon, and comes with map in case you ever want to make a visit. Some of the site and photos on the site are listed below (when he writes Bell House, I believe he is referring to the Beall House):




If you visit Macon, be sure to save some time to visit The Big House - the Official Museum of the Allman Brother's Band - located at 2321 Vineville Ave, Macon, Georgia 31204 (478-741-5551) (thebighousemuseum.com). It's full of memorabilia, including photos, posters, clothing, and musical instruments, and rooms made up to look just like when the Band lived there from 1970 to 1973.

Here's a picture of it.




Shortly after the Bond Monument photo was taken in the cemetery, the photographer Stephen Paley, and the band took some more picture along the railroad tracks, that run next to the Cemetery, between the cemetery and the river. One of the resulting pictures ended up years later on the cover of The Allman Brothers Band - Gold from 2005, released by Mercury Records. (you'll notice they are all wearing the same clothes as when they were in the cemetery.)




(photo by Stephen Paley)


Here you can see the band on the tracks and that they are wearing the same outfits.(PopSpots recommend NOT trying to replicate this photo as train tracks are dangerous)



(both photos by Stephen Paley)



Here's a map indicating where the Cemetery is in relation to some of the other the other Allman sites in Macon.

I've also listed the site for the cover shoot of The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East (1971). You can find that location and lots of photos of it at the PopSpot I made of that album.










Now we come to the cover of the two-record set, "DUANE ALLMAN - an anthology" released in 1972 by Island/Mercury.

On the cover Duane is fishing somewhere in the south, in what seems to be a swampy area.



(photo by Stephen Paley)



Here's another outtake.



(photo by Stephen Paley)



And one from another angle. I still don't see any fish yet, so it's a slow day at the fishing hole for the fastest slide alive.



(photo by Stephen Paley)



On that same day, I am going to speculate, Duane had his photo taken with his brother Gregg in the current fashions. The clues here are it seems like it's a public park, since there are benches and tables.



(photo by Stephen Paley)



Now in this photo, also found randomly in the web, Duane and Gregg are wearing the same pattern shirts as in the previous picture, at the picnic bench, but this time the rest of the band is with them, in an obvious photo-shoot. But where was it??



(photo by Stephen Paley)



There was a lot of speculation in Allman Brothers forums about this question, and the answers pointed me from Florida to Georgia, to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. But they also pointed me to a concert played at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with the Mothers of Invention on October 9th 1970 in a venue called Tully Gymnasium.

Here's the interior of Tully Gymnasium. (via Florida Memory)




This is the Google entry saying connecting the Allmans, Frank Zappa, and Alice Tully Gym. on October 9th, 1970.




The same people who mentioned this particular weekend, also speculated that the photos were taken about 10 miles away at lake area owned by the University called Lake Bradford.

It has the same type of cypress trees whose roots are in the water as were in the Duane/fishing pictures.




And another view...





...and another.




So, without knowing the exact spot Duane was in (if I can confirm this was actually the place, which it seems to be from the evidence so far) then matching up part of the shoreline and the cypress trees, the PopSpot comes out like this.

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(Inset photo by Stephen Paley)


Here's an overhead shot of Lake Bradford. Notice that there are cypress trees in the water all along the northern and western shores. Duane might have been in any of those places.




Here's a map of how close Lake Bradford was to the Florida State University campus where the Allman's were playing.




So that's my theory on the photo. We'll see how things develop as readers who know more read the entry and confirm or say it's someplace else -- in which case, I'll either be eating a peach or on the whipping post. Later, gators.




ADDENDUM - 1

Other famous album covers photographed by Steven Paley - # 1 (from Google Images)




ADDENDUM - 2

Other famous album covers photographed by Steven Paley - # 2 (from Google Images)




ADDENDUM - 3

PopSpots readers and Allman Brothers fans, the Cactus brothers (Mike and his brother (whose name I don't know), recently sent these pictures back from a tour they made to Macon. They visited The Big House museum and also visited other sites around town. Included is a nice ground-level view of the Rose Hill Cemetery, the former Capricorn Building, and 315 College Street. Thanks, brothers! Love that black-and-white, ground level shot at the Rose Cemetery. I don't know if you have a band, but you've got the look.


Rose Hill Cemetery



Rose Hill Cemetery



The former Capricorn site.



On the porch of 315 College Street



ADDENDUM - 4

Macon native and lawyer Jim Adams sent in this painting he made of the band at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Thanks, Jim. Nice job.