The Ramblin' Blues Of Gregg Allman
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 21:02
A statement posted on Gregg Allman's website Saturday said he had passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah in the USA state of Georgia after struggling "with many health issues" for several years.
"RIP Gregg Allman, what a voice".
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Gregg, who co-founded the Allman brothers at the age of 22, fronted it for 45 years alongside his brother Duane Allman, who is considered as one of the most influential guitarist in the history of rock music. He had battled health problems for many years, and had undergone a liver transplant in 2010 after a diagnosis of hepatitis C. In fact, the band's debauched behavior was so legendary-they reportedly once boarded their charted tour plane, which had previously ferried the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, to lines of cocaine that spelled out "Welcome the Allman Brothers"-that they served as the source material for Cameron Crowe's 2000 film about, Almost Famous".
On Oct. 29, 1971, just before the group achieved mainstream popularity, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Barker and his wife Linda, who were involved with securing entertainment at the time for the annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, eventually got the idea to try to get Allman to play at the gig. Bassist Berry Oakley also perished in similar circumstances a year later.
But when Duane Allman left behind a lucrative gig as a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Ala., he called his younger brother to join a band with two lead guitarists and two drummers. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died.
"I'm so very saddened to hear of the passing of rock & blues legend Gregg Allman". He blamed cancer for Allman's death.
The Allman Brothers Band would continue to tour around the country performing live music until their final show on October 28th, 2014 at the Beacon Theater in NY. Gregg Allman's early aspiration was to become a dentist.
When Allman's valet, Scooter Herring, was arrested for drug dealing in 1976, Allman, then married to singer-actress Cher, accepted immunity and testified to a grand jury against the man who acquired drugs for him.
As the title track of his 1987 album suggests, Allman was admittedly no angel. So they put out a live album, At Fillmore East, recorded over two nights at a NY club. "So stay calm, eat a peach and carry on..."
In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Gregg Allman said Duane remained on his mind every day. Jam bands, from Phish to Widespread Panic, also took their cues from the Allman Brothers Band's extended live performances of songs like the Gregg-Allman-written "Whipping Post", which, in the version that takes up the entire last side of double album At Fillmore East, is 23 minutes long. Gregg Allman alienated bandmates when he testified against a band employee on trial for drug charges, and the Allman Brothers split up in 1976.