Manager: Allman tried to keep playing music until the end
- Author: Arturo Norris May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 14:57
The organist and singer for the Allman Brothers Band died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, in the U.S., his publicist Ken Weinstein confirmed.
Collectively between the Allman Brothers Band and solo work, Allman released 17 studio albums and 18 live albums, including the classic 1971 double LP At Fillmore East, which is considered one of the greatest live albums of all time.
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.
Allman's older brother Duane, who co-founded the group, tragically died in a motorbike accident in 1971 at the age of 24, just as the band was enjoying its first big taste of success. A year after Duane Allman's death, the band suffered another tragic loss when bassist Berry Oakley died in an eerily similar fashion.
The Allman Brothers Band's music merged blues, jazz, country and rock with a meandering improvisational style that made jamming at concerts one of their trademarks. The Blues Traveler frontman provides additional anecdotes about the Allman Brothers and other adventures in his 2016 memoir, Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I'm Not Supposed to Tell. Songs such as "Whipping Post", "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider" helped define what came to be known as Southern rock and opened the doors for such stars as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band. He followed with a pair of No. 3s: "Anything Goes" later that May and "Can't Get Over You" in August 1988.
Married and divorced six times, Allman is survived by three sons and two daughters, all by different mothers. Cher requested a divorce just nine days after their Las Vegas wedding, although she dismissed the suit a month later.
Despite Allman's claims that his health was in order, a statement on the Allman Brother's website said Gregg struggled with health issues over the past several years, but he still managed to go on tour with his brother and bandmates. "Just about every album The Allman Brothers ever cut they did it with him, as well as a few of my solo records". "FOREVER, CHOOCH", she wrote in another post.
The track is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped rock and roll, and it is one of the few songs covered by fellow influential artist Frank Zappa. Allman had battled with liver cancer and other serious health problems. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", the statement said.
"I think it's because you're doing something you love", Allman said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press.
That remained Allman's best rank on the Billboard 200 for almost four decades, until his most recent studio release, Low Country Blues, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the chart dated February 5, 2011, selling 36,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. "I think it just creates a diversion from the pain itself".
"It just wakes up things in your soul that you never knew were there", he said.
The band was honored with a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2012.