H&H Restaurant is a Macon, Georgia institution with the dining room walls covered in Allman Brothers Band memorabilia including one of the awards from their Filmore East album. As the story goes when the ABB were recording their first album at Capricorn Records, the struggling musicians put their money together for two meals that they shared. Co-founder Mama Louise felt sorry for the hungry musicians and served the whole table with their own meal. Thus began a life-long friendship with the band.
If rock and roll excess was a competition, the Allman Brothers Band would win hands down. As Greg Allman once recounted, the ABB did a 41-day tour with each show paying $80,000. With over $3.0 million in proceeds, the band barely broke even given all the excessive drug use (they really loved Columbian Snow Candy), trashed hotel rooms, the purchase of a private jet … it got so out of hand the roadies even had their own roadies.
When Berry passed away at the hospital after the fatal motorcycle crash, the attending physician noted that even if Berry had gone directly to the hospital rather than waiting 3 hours at home after the accident he would of passed away due to the extensive injuries.
When Duane Allman passed away 13-months prior to the death of Berry, his body was in cold storage while Gregg was deciding what to do as a memorial to his fallen brother. When Berry died, they made the decision to bury the two musicians side by side. Today, Berry, Duane, Greg and Butch Trucks are all buried together at Rose Hill Cemetery.
In 1998 the sister of Berry Oakley, Candace Oakley, erected an 8-foot and ugly, horrible chain-link fence topped with razor wire around the graves. Because the cemetery is owned by the city the fence was taken down shortly after. But that didn’t stop Candance and her husband from yelling, screaming and chasing off visitors who just wanted to pay their respects to Duane and Berry. Fortunately after years of harassment the city installed a tasteful black iron fence and brickwork for all visitors to enjoy Macon, Georgia’s #1 tourist attraction.
Final Resting Place:
Rose Hill Cemetery
1071 Riverside Drive
Macon, Georgia, 31201
Grave Location:Carnation Ridge
Grave Location Description
As you enter the historic gates of the cemetery, take the first right turn. Drive 300 feet and then turn left at the first opportunity. Drive slowly another 300 feet and then look down the hill to your right and you will see the four graves of the former members of the Allman Brothers Band: Butch Trucks, Gregg Allman, Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.
Grave Location GPS32.847291491504855, -83.63154680736858
Read More About Berry Oakley:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Allman Brothers - Macon, Georgia sites
- The Road to Rock - Berry Oakley and the Allman Brothers
- The Tragedy Of Berry Oakley: Remembering The Allman Brothers Band Bassist 51 Years Later
- The Big House Museum - History of the Allman Brothers Band
- The son of Berry Oakley - Berry Duane Oakley
- If You Thought This Allman Brothers Band Photo Was Good, Just Wait Til You Hear The Story Behind It
- The Allman Brothers Band: A Tragic Story Of Loss And Redemption
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cause_of_death: Multiple gunshot wounds to the head
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cause_of_death: Accidental gunshot to the head
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cause_of_death: Internal bleeding (untreated) after an auto accident
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