RIP Capricorn Records' Phil Walden
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
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
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.''