Gregg Allman, one of The Allman Brothers Band founders, dead at 69

A statement posted to the singer's official website said Allman "passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia".

No cause of death was immediately given, but the statement said he had "struggled with many health issues over the past several years". Back in March (17), he chose to scrap all of his 2017 scheduled performances to focus on getting well.

He was the frontman and co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band with his brother Duane, who died in 1971.

In recent years, he'd struggled with health problems, notably Hepatitis C, and he had a liver transplant in 2010.

Signed to Capricorn Records, ABB released three albums The Allman Brothers Band (1969), Idlewild South (1970) and At Fillmore East (1971) before Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971.

The Allman Brothers musician - who was dubbed the 70th greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone - has passed away aged 69-years-old. He said he had to be persuaded to meet T-Bone Burnett for the Low Country Blues sessions.

They spent years in bands together, but failed to crack success until they formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969.

But it wasn't until they hooked up with guitarist Dicky Betts-after a failed stint on a couple of different labels-that The Allman Brothers Band took on its more familiar form. (They were billed on the cover as Allman and Woman.) The project was poorly received by critics and the record-buying public alike.

"I think it's because you're doing something you love", Allman said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press.

Allman had been working on a yet-to-be-released solo album entitled "Southern Blood". Gregg had cancelled many 2016 shows and all 2017 performances due to illness. The website also noted that the family planned to release a statement soon.

The Allman Brothers reunited a few times during the ensuing years. These included the live Gregg Allman Tour (1974) and Playin' Up a Storm (1977).

Duane went on to do studio work in Muscle Shoals, Alabama before moving to Florida. So they put out a live album, "At Fillmore East", recorded over two nights at a NY club. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. "You're not kicking me out of my band.' With that I started singing".

Allman leaves behind five children (Devon, Michael Sean, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island and Layla Brooklyn), several of whom carry on their father's musical legacy in their own bands, and his wife, Stacey Fountain (married in 2001). "In fact, I appreciate it all more and understand it much better", Allman told the Wall Street Journal in 2015.

Despite entreaties from record company executives to relocate to Los Angeles or New York City, the Allman Brothers established a home base in Macon, Georgia, and embarked on a punishing touring schedule, developing a reputation as one of the all-time great live acts.

  • Larry Hoffman