Gregg Allman dead at 69

As a member of the Allman Brothers Band, Allman was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

The singer had a number of health issues and canceled some tour dates a year ago as a result. And in March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year.

Billboard reports that Allman, who had a history of substance abuse, was previously diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

Country stars were among the many music lovers who turned to social media on Saturday (May 27) to share their feelings about the death of Gregg Allman.

President Carter kisses singer Cher as her husband, Gregg Allman, stands by, second from right, during a reception at the White House in 1977.

The Allman Brothers Band saw five decades of fame, and the tragedy that struck them most was the sudden deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley in 1971 and 1972, respectively.

The Allman Brothers Band performs "Midnight Rider" in 1991. Ironically, Allman lost to Tedeschi Trucks Band, the outfit that includes Derek Trucks, the longtime Allmans guitarist and nephew of original Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks.

Gregg Allman appears at Peaches Records in Atlanta in 1975. The rock "n" roll Hall Of Famer, best known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band, reportedly suffered from multiple health issues over the past several years that likely caught up to him at the age of 69. Allman and founding guitarist Dicky Betts feuded for years over control of the band, leading to the first of several break-ups in 1976.

"'Little Milton' Campbell had the strongest set of pipes I ever heard on a human being", Allman wrote in his autobiography, "My Cross to Bear", written with Alan Light (2012).

He took up the guitar before Duane did, but he was a keyboardist and vocalist by the time the two worked together in local bands while they were in high school. And as a solo artist, Allman went on to release multiple albums, with the songs "I'm No Angel" and "Anything Goes" achieving his biggest successes. The duo attempted to blend their styles for the massively reviled Two The Hard Way; a European tour for the album apparently incited fights in the audience, as Allman Brothers Band fans and Cher fans failed to mesh together.

The older you get the more you start to understand your own mortality.

"It was nice, round, kind of dull-ended instead of sharp", Allman wrote of the Hammond B-3 sound, "and I thought it blended with guitar just flawless." . He said he had to be persuaded to meet T-Bone Burnett for the Low Country Blues sessions.

"I never thought I would be making music this long", he told Gibson Guitars in a 2009 interview. He had been working on a new solo album, entitled Southern Blood, prior to his death. "You've been swallowed up by something you love, you know, and you're just totally engulfed".

  • Larry Hoffman