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“Jann Wenner was a neighbor of mine. He lived across the street from me. He had been a friend during the past year, after I had gotten back to San Francisco. He was just starting Rolling Stone at the time. He loved music, and he happened to like my music.
“Jann was beginning to meet record company people, and he mentioned me to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records and said that he wanted to play him my demo. Jerry liked it and said he wanted me to do a record for Atlantic. He then said to Jann, ‘Well, you love music, and you know Boz, so why don’t you produce it?’ Jann did an excellent job of helping me find a place to record and the musicians to work with. He was a great help to me.
“Duane Allman was a pure joy to work with. He had been working with some of the guys in the Muscle Shoals rhythm section for a few years, but he left to go start the Allman Brothers Band. We called him in and got a special pass for him to come in and rejoin the section to do this record. It was a real homecoming for the Muscle Shoals guys to see Duane again. Everybody loved him and missed him. There was a special kind of energy that went into making the record when he was present.”