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ScottC
from Charlotte, NC



User Profile scarney at mcguirewoods DOT com http://www.phishhook.com/lists/RSCarney
Gregg, Mavis Staples and others deliver a bombastic cover of the Band's "The Weight": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLqPECQmaUc
29.3.2017 12:42
Pattywryle



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Thanks for reading my essay about Bill!

Patty
28.3.2017 19:53
hotlantatim



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And happy belated birthday to the late Randy "Bupalo." Another gent I met later in his life who also made quite the impact. What a gift it was to take in his final Allman Brothers show with him at Chastain Park. We got a few of those classic "all that is good in the south and southern culture is just 2 degrees seperation from Duane Allman" insights from Bupalo who was a walking history and ABB history encyclopedia. When William Bell came on stage with the ABB he was heaven. Rest easy too Randy....
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Tim L.
28.3.2017 16:12
hotlantatim



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2008? How is that possible?

I only knew my pal Bill over the last 8-9 years of his life and not nearly as well as many people here.....but boy did I learned a lot from that guy. We've all heard that idea of think about your funeral...who would be there and what would you like for them to say about you? What would it say about how you lived your life?

Well, I've never been to anything like Bill Ector's memorial service. It was in a large & full high school theatre. Local politicians, high school football coaches, neighbors, ex-in laws, famous musicians, co-workers, childhood friends, his kid's friends, his kindred spirit musical friends....all there to pay tribute to the man. He didn't leave his mark with massive buildings or positions of power, but he made a as big of a mark as any of them in his humble way. It was truly an inspirational (and sad) day.

Thanks for posting that write up. It was great to read.
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Tim L.
28.3.2017 16:08
Pattywryle



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Let It Be and Bill Ector
April 26, 2010
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, Let it be.

On July 9, 2008, Bill Ector passed away. He was 56. The memorial service was held in the auditorium of the old Marietta High School. It was a beautiful celebration of his life with eloquent tributes from family and friends. Gifted musicians played. Those in attendance were a great mix of ‘old Marietta’, aging long hairs, young people, and Allman Brothers‘ fans.

I think of Bill a lot. I think about the short time we dated and were friends. I think about his impact on my life.

Now, I am Catholic. We believe in saints. We pray to them for help and protection for our lives and to intercede to Jesus on our behalf. I find myself talking and praying to Bill.

I am sure I am not alone and many others think of him too.

Scripture tells us that whoever loves is born of God and knows God (I John 4.7b). If those words are true, then Bill and God are best friends and have been a long time. For Bill was one of the most loving and kind persons I have ever known. Many spoke of this shared experience of him at the service: next door neighbors and friends from kindegarten, classmates from Marietta High School, young friends of his children. Bill’s love of others was the common denominator of us all.

I didn’t know Bill had started a magazine for the Allman Brothers’ fans called Hittin’ the Note www.hittinthenote.com. He was the publisher. I love the name of the magazine because the Allman Brothers hit the note so very well, but I like even better its subtitle, “Because Music Matters.”

I remember Bill called me when Dwight Allman died. He was crying. I didn’t really know what to say and tried to offer simple words of comfort through the telephone line.

Many years later, we would run into each other again. We sat in his truck and chatted. I was a minister and mother who had put on considerable weight since our first date when I was fifteen. He was bald–a fact I didn’t know until he took off his ball cap. He didn’t have to take off his hat but I know he did it on purpose to make me feel more comfortable, as if to say “See, I too have aged and changed. It doesn’t matter. It’s ok.” This small gesture of grace was one of hundreds, thousands, which I believe formed his life and touched the hearts of so many with the rare gift of unconditional love.

Bill was an incredible musician. When he took me home, he would often come in and play our piano by ear and sing. I remember when he got his first twelve string. One of his classmates at Marietta High shared the story of how the senior class wanted Let it Be played at their graduation. This was 1970. Not surpisingly, the principal and guidance counselor were opposed -in the generational conflict typical of those times.

The story goes that in an assembly, Mrs. Lee argued, “No one even knows how to play that song.” To which, a classmate rebutted, “Bill does.” In a few moments, urged on by his peers, Bill walked up on the stage, sat down at the piano, and with his usual grace and ease played the beautiful Beatles‘ song Let it Be perfectly.The case was closed. They heard it at their graduation.

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, Let it be.

I often find myself in times of trouble. Life is difficult and full of disappointment and darkness. We need saints-the ones who walk beside us now and the ones to whom we pray.

I like to think of Bill and his love of music and the magazine’s subtitle, Because Music Matters. Music speaks to us in a way which words fail. It is the “language of the angels.”

I don’t think of Bill as an angel. He was too earth-bound for that. But I do think of him as a saint as I recall his gentle, kind spirit. I know that in him music and love are forever and inextricably intertwined.
28.3.2017 09:56
Pattywryle



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https://pattywryle.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/let-it-be-and-bill-ector/
28.3.2017 09:53
swim
from Cleveland Ohio



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Hello to Gregg and the family,
The news of Gregg not playing 2017 was sad, but I get it. I retired from nursing after full time 42years 2 months ago and I needed the change. Life is a fast track, and the need to check out, and just plain ole live has come in to play . Gregg has given to all of us blues lovers the best he could and then some, and it has molded my life into one sweet note. I thank Gregg for this and pray that he feels peace inside , knowing of the content and satisfaction he has given to all our lives. Recovering myself for 27 years and grateful for it, I want for you one day, one note, at a time to you and yours. Thank you
23.3.2017 09:04
Randall
from North of I-90



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Good to see some familiar names show up here (Hey Dave!).

Our friend Buppalo's birthday is today, and I want to recognize that. Tip of the hat and glass to you, Bup; we miss you.
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"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music." -George Carlin
21.3.2017 19:49
nypeachhead
from new york



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Hey good people. Been a long time since I said hello in here. Been dreaming about the Beacon. Here is a setlist from this date in 96. Aww the fun we had

3/6/96

You Don't Love Me, Good Clean Fun, Blue Sky, Worried Down With The Blues, Tombstone Eyes, Stand Back, End Of The Line, Change My Way of Living, Jessica

Set II
Hoochie Coochie Man, Dreams I'll Never See, Back Where It All Begins, I Know I Will Leave Here, One Way Out, E: True Gravity, Whipping Post
6.3.2017 14:41
Britdrummer



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Hi to all my new brothers and sisters from here in England!As a new guy I,m really lookin'forward to contributing and getting all the latest.As you all probably know the ABB played just the one show in the UK,wayback in 1974 at the Knebworth Festival,luckily I was there! a great show and for once in England the sun made an appearance! Catch you all later. peace.
6.3.2017 07:44
peachmaniac
from Santa Fe,NM



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Haven't posted anything in quite some time as I was one of the stubborn ones who sided with Dickey in 2000. Was shocked to hear the news of Butch. I hope this tragedy has a positive outcome and I am not suggesting anything.
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"Dickey Betts is what I always loved about The Allman Brothers Band"
27.2.2017 09:32
Tony
from Boulder



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Hey there Brothers & Sisters...it is with a heavy heart that I feel compelled to return here once more. Still have not come to terms with the event that has taken place just 31 days ago. Had to look back on some of the "saved" PM discussions that Mr. Trucks and I had back before the 2009 Beacon run (kinda eerie). Lord knows Mr. Trucks & I had our differences regarding the fans point of view. He was a friend that allowed me to disagree, an interesting character and always a brother. My heartfelt well wishes go out to all of the brotherhood, the Trucks family and especially Melinda.
Peach,
Tony
(from boulder)
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"ABB = Duane,Dickey,Berry,Jaimoe,Gregg & Butch!" + a few very special roadies!
25.2.2017 14:57

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