Southern Rock Founding Father Gregg Allman Dies at Age 69


As one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman is widely regarded as a pioneer in rock and blues music. I mean, even independent of all of the incredible things that they did musically, it was just such an act of dissent from the start.

Allman died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, his official website announced.

Allman left and rejoined the Allman Brothers Band a number of times, last playing with the group in 2014. In its heyday, the band was a staple on radio stations and released albums ranked among the best in rock history.

In addition to the death of brother Duane, the Allman Brothers Band lost its bassist, Berry Oakley, to a motorcycle accident in 1972. Another motorcycle accident the following year claimed Oakley's life.

Boyer would go on to play live and in the studio with Allman in various places, and Trucks became the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. In 1995 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for "Jessica" the following year. At separate times in the new millennium, hepatitis C treatments, a liver transplant and lung surgery sidelined him for months, but he always returned to the road with the Allmans or leading an ace solo band. In 1967, they relocated to Los Angeles and were renamed the Hour Glass, releasing two albums for Liberty Records.

Of course anyone who has heard an Allman Brothers live recording will be aware of the band's ability to cut loose and jam, something Allman said were the real money moments.

"During that time, Gregg was much like a big brother to me", Leavell wrote.

Just three days after finalizing her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, the songstress tied the knot with Allman at a Las Vegas ceremony.

After a brief Allman Brothers reunion and a decade of little activity, Greg Allman reached an unexpected peak with the hit single "I'm No Angel" in 1987. Allman passed away peacefully at his home in Savanna Georgia at the age of 69. "So I thought about that and I called him [Burnett] back and said alright what time do you want me to be there?" Personal wars and infighting with members of band have been reported, and Mr. Allman has been candid in the past about his extended substance abuse and his troubled relationships with some of his partners and some of his children.

Hollywood stars such as director Cameron Crowe and country singer Travis Tritt have paid their respects to the late rock musician. The pair was considered an oddity, and the album they recorded together (Two the Hard Way), billed as "Allman and Woman", was considered a career low for both. The group finally found something like stability in the 1990s, establishing an annual spring residency of sold-out shows at New York's Beacon Theatre.