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RIP Capricorn Records' Phil Walden

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  • Carl Z.
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Phil Walden, the Capricorn Records founder who launched the careers of Otis Redding and the
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 25, 2006
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      ATLANTA (AP) -- Phil Walden, the Capricorn Records founder who
      launched the careers of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band, has
      died after a long battle with cancer, a family friend said Monday. He
      was 66.

      Walden died at his home Sunday, said Leon Jones, law partner of
      Walden's son, Philip Walden Jr.

      The Macon, Ga.-based record label was influential in creating the
      Southern rock sound of the 1970s.

      Walden's two most famous artists, Redding and guitarist Duane Allman,
      both died tragically, Redding in a plane crash in 1967 at 26 and
      Allman in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at age 24.

      The Allman Brothers Band, the quintessential Southern rock band which
      the guitarist founded with brother Gregg and others, continued after
      Duane Allman's death.

      During the 1970s, Walden was an early backer of then-Georgia Gov.
      Jimmy Carter. He helped Carter's upstart bid for the presidency
      financially, as did the Allmans and other Capricorn groups, who played
      benefit shows.

      Carter said Monday in a statement that he and wife Rosalynn were sad
      to hear of Walden's death. ''Phil was one of the pre-eminent producers
      of great music in America,'' Carter said. ''His many performing
      partners, including Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, helped to
      put Macon and Georgia on the musical map of the world.''
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