Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dead at 69

Candice Alexander
May 28, 2017

Allman's rep confirmed to Rolling Stone that the artist died Saturday afternoon.

Gregg Allman, singer and organist for the "Allman Brothers Band," died at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

Gregg disbanded the Allman Brothers Band in 1982 but fans wouldn't forget them. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times". Traveling- like life- is so much better when you've got friends to share the experience with. "We will all miss him", the statement concluded.

In 1969, Gregg Allman and his older brother Duane Allman formed The Allman Brothers Band. The Southern guitar riffs were part British Invasion, part jam band and part country twang.

Raised by a single mother after his father was shot to death, he idolized his guitar-slinging older brother Duane and became his musical partner. He blamed cancer for Allman's death.

The family moved to DAYTONA BEACH, FL, in 1959 when GREGG was 12 and DUANE 13.

Reported to be a sometimes troubled, often introspective child, Allman eventually found success working with his brother, Duane Allman, in local bands during the mid 1960s. He added that it "t$3 ook a while, but now she's totally liberated". He also had played on Gregg Allman's 1998 solo album, "Searching for Simplicity".

Gregg was the band's lead singer, keyboardist and a key songwriter as it put out a string of hits. Their eponymous debut album didn't do very well, and neither did follow-up Idlewild South, buttheir constant touring paid off in 1971 when they broke through with live album At Fillmore East, widely considered one of the greatest rock albums in history. The band's bassist Barry Oakley also passed away after a motorcycle crash just a year later not far from where Duane had died in Macon, Georgia.

"Gregg was nonplussed", Barker said.

To many, Gregg and his deceased brother Duane, single-handedly invented the genre of Southern rock. Audience shouts of "Narc!" plagued him for years afterward.

Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. It was in Music City that Allman first saw a guitar up close - belonging to a neighbor - and was inspired to pick up his own. His only non-anthology solo release the following decade was Searching For Simplicity (1997). After Willie Nelson expressed concern about his health during the band's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Allman got sober, and he and the band hit the road once again.

Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. More recently, he dealt with atrial fibrillation, which he discussed in a Radio.com interview, where he also cheerily talked about his vegan diet. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for best blues album in 2011. After disbanding and reforming a couple of times, the group finally retired in 2014.

The Allman Brothers reunited in 1989 and would tour on and off over the next 25 years. Recent health woes led to tour-date cancellations and rumors he was in hospice care, but Allman wrote on his site in April, "I just wanted y'all to know that I'm now home in Savannah resting on my doctor's orders". His most recent album "Southern Blood" is due for release this year.

"This is the hardest thing I've had to do in a long, long, time", Allman said in a statement after calling off his winter tour. "One of a kind voice and musician." - blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, via Twitter. "Now I have started taking on some spiritualism".

In March he announced he would not be performing at all this year, telling fans to contact outlets where they purchased tickets to get a refund. I said why the hell do we have to go to Miama. I don't know why.

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