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Joe Dan Petty
Joe Dan Petty
January 8, 2000
Age 52
 
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Joe Dan Petty, Allman Brothers' Guitar Tech, Killed In Plane Crash
              Petty led the battle to get a roadie into the Rock Hall of Fame
          By Mark Lewis
     Longtime Allman Brothers Band guitar tech and former
     Grinderswitch bassist Joe Dan Petty was killed in a plane
     crash Saturday (1/8/00) near the Herbert Smart Airport in
     Macon, Georgia. The crash took place only hours after
     tickets to the Allman Brothers Bandís legendary annual month-long stint at New Yorkís
     Beacon Theatre went on sale.
                              Petty, who received a pilotís license a year ago, was in his
                              own plane with friend and co-pilot Ronald Turpin, 57. Before
                              the plane went down at 2:45 p.m., one of the two men
                              reported problems with the fuel line and attempted to land
                              the plane. According to an Allman Brothers Band web site,
                              itís unknown which man was piloting the plane.
                              From 1972 to 1982, the fifty-two year-old musician played
                              on six albums with Grinderswitch, a bluesy Southern rock
                              outfit that was considered soulful and solid, despite never
                              gaining the national popularity of the Allman Brothers or
                              Canned Heat.
                              Posting his remembrances to the Allman Brothers Band
                              site, Dru Lombar, lead vocalist and guitarist with the band,
                              called Petty ďa man of great character, always fair, always
     honest and always willing to stand up for what he believed in. I learned a lot about being a
     man from him.Ē
     Petty was also remembered by the Allman Brothers road crew as the one who had the
     idea to get roadie Red Dog Campbell inducted into Cleveland's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of
     Fame. Petty reasoned that great musicians and songwriters were there, so why not the
     people behind the scenes who fixed the equipment, set up the gear and made the music
     possible? Campbell hasn't been inducted yet, but the crew is still encouraging people to
     write the Hall and change music history.
     Red Dog, along with the rest of the extended Allman family, will pick things up for the
     bandís traditional month-long run at the Beacon Theatre from March 9-25. After polling
     3,000 fans about which nights they preferred to hear the band, the group elected to play
     Thursdays, instead of Sundays, along with gigs on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and
     Saturday.
     According to Amusement Business, if the band sells out all the shows, it will have sold
     out the theater 89 consecutive times. 
      Published: Wed Jan 12, 2000 at  17:40:13 Pacific Time 
      Writer: Mark Lewis for Livedaily.com
    
      The Sky is Crying...
     Dear Family,
      
     There is tragic news to share. Joe Dan Petty, the Allman Brothers Band's
     much-loved brother and guitar technician, was killed Saturday (1/8) as the private plane
     he was aboard crashed about a mile from the Herbert Smart airport near downtown Macon.
      
     The accident occurred about 2:45 in the afternoon after the pilot reported fuel line
     problems and was attempting to land the aircraft in an opening. Also aboard the
     plane was an unidentified second person, thought to be a friend of Joe Dan's and
     fellow pilot. It's not clear who was piloting the plane at the time of the accident.
     Joe Dan received his pilot's license about a year ago and had owned the plane for
     two years.
    
     Joe Dan is survived by his wife Judi. Please extend your love and prayers to Judi
     and all those who loved Joe Dan ... and embrace him as his journey continues..
    
     If you would like to provide a remembrance, Judi requests that in lieu of flowers,
     please make a contribution in Joe Dan's name to:
    
     The Methodist Home for Children
     304 Pierce Ave.
     Macon, GA   31204
    
     (912) 738-2230 or (912) 722-6430
    
     There's a Forum to collect your thoughts and remembrances of Joe Dan:
    
     http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/cgi-bin/netforum/abb/a/3--334
    
     He'd recently celebrated his 52nd birthday.
    
     Take care and know that you are loved,
    
     Lana, Rowland, and the ABB
 
 
        
 
 
       
 

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Grinderswitch
     Grinderswitch was a white blues-rock band that never rose above being a second-tier Capricorn
     Records act, not remotely as popular as the Allman Brothers or the Marshall Tucker Band. But Dru
     Lombar (vocals, guitar, slide guitar), Larry Howard (guitar), Stephen Miller (keyboards), Joe Dan
     Petty (bass), and Rick Burnett (drums) built a loyal following in the tens of thousands playing music
     that was influenced by British blues outfits like John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream and T.S.
     McPhee's Groundhogs, but also the real article, especially Albert King and Booker T. and the MG's
     -- Lombar sounded more Black than any White rock singer you've ever heard. They could have
     been a more soulful and exciting competitor to Canned Heat, but they weren't lucky enough to
     appear in hit festival movies or get the right single out at the proper time. Working in the commercial
     shadow of better-known acts, they counted as fans members of the Marshall Tucker Band and a lot
     of other musicians who felt they deserved a break. The group failed to emerge as much more than a
     top regional act and an opener for the Allmans and Charlie Daniels, among others, despite recording
     seven album between 1972 and 1982, first for Capricorn and later for Atlantic. -- Bruce Eder, All
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