Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Allman Brothers: Melissa

Our TV Thursday feature is the musical bed for the Cingular/AT&T Wireless commercial: The Allman Brothers’ “Melissa.” The song was originally recorded by 31st of February for their second album after Duane and Gregg Allman had joined the band. The song was co-written by Gregg Allman and Steve Alaimo, the session’s producer.

The song was inspired by a mother calling her little girl who got away from her in a grocery store. Although recorded in 1968, the original was not released until 1972 when it appeared on an album called Duane and Gregg Allman.

The version with which most are familiar is found on the classic “Eat a Peach” album by the Allman Brothers. This version was recorded by Allman Brothers following Duane Allman’s death. Dicky Betts provides the lead guitar.

31st of February Version

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