All careers have to start somewhere. Before Duane and Gregg Allman formed the Allman Brothers, they were a part of the Allman Joys and Hour Glass. Both bands reveived little commercial success but they set the tone for what was to follow.
The Hour Glass were formed during 1967 by Gregg and Duane Allman plus keyboardist Paul Hornsby, drummer Johnny Sandlin, and bassist Pete Carr. They opened for such bands as The Doors and The Buffalo Springfield.
Their debut single was “Nothing But Tears,” which received no chart action whatsoever. Hour Glass was more of a psychedelic rock band than the future Allman Brothers. The picture sleeve remains an excellent relic of the psychedelic era.