Gregg Allman, Founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69

He was an organist and singer for The Allman Brothers Band, a band that helped spawn Southern rock.

According to a statement on his official website, Allman died peacefully at home in Savannah, Ga.

"Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years".

Michael Lehman, Allman's longtime manager, called his close friend "a brilliant pioneer in music. We will all miss him".

Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. Their hits, like "Rambling Man", "Midnight Rider", and "Whipping Post", were songs that contributed to The Allman Brothers Band's great success over the years.

The Allman Brothers Band was started in Macon, Georgia, in the late 1960s by Gregg and older brother Duane, who became the band's guiding force and one of rock's most revered guitarists before he was killed in a motorcycle accident at age 24.

Coming into popularity during a period in the 1970s when Southern rock was massively popular (think Lynard Skynyrd and Creedence Clearwater Revival), The Allman Brothers Band helped to define the sound of the '70s.

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has.

Allman's death comes after rumors circulated last month that he had entered hospice care.

According to his website, "The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very hard time".

"Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family", concludes the statement.

  • Salvatore Jensen