Boz Scaggs + Duane Allman, “Loan Me a Dime: (1969): One Track Mind
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the blue-eyed soul singer responsible for such sophisticated classics like “Lido Shuffle” and “Jojo” at the time of the disco come from rather organic beginnings.
Boz scaggs left the Steve Miller Blues Band in 1968 and set out to become a star in its own right. His self-titled debut album, released in August 1969, may not have set the charts on fire, but it wasn’t because he didn’t have star power behind him. The sessions were produced by Rolling stone The founder of magazine Jann Wenner and backed by the best of Muscle Shoals. It was a good mix of natural soul, rock and blues.
But the song that stands out is the longest: a 12-minute blues lament called “Loan Me a Dime”. Forget that Scaggs only offers an uncharacteristic vocal performance. Forget that he covered that song by Fenton Robinson and tried unsuccessfully to pass it off as his own.
None of this matters. Not when this track is essentially a showcase of Duane Allman’s electric guitar skills. There is only one word to describe Duane’s contribution to this track: dayum.
Wenner must have been blown away in the same way. Rolling stones rankings the greatest guitarists of all time placed only Jimi Hendrix in front of Duane Allman. Quibble with this list as best you can (and oh, have we ever), but the then unknown 22-year-old southerner made a strong impression on important people.
Then, in the last two years of his life, Duane Allman made a pretty big impression on everyone. Its meteoric rise begins here.