Houstonians reflect on life and legacy of rocker Gregg Allman
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 9:39
Allman struggled for years with alcohol, heroin and other drugs, and entered treatment for them numerous times, before embarking on a path of recovery in the mid-1990s.
Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, said he kept it private because he "wanted to continue to play music until he couldn't".
The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues-inflected voice of Gregg Allman. "The guitar tech says, 'Hey, man. Gregg wants to talk to you.' I said, 'Yeah, right.' He says, 'Really.' I walked over there and he said, 'Hey, man, you sounded really good'".
"I was shocked because I listen to him on the radio all the time", said Guyton resident Lisa Tomasello.
It's a very sad news that touched Cher.
"My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and [late Allman Brothers bassist] Allen Woody sharing a tour bus together-listening to great music and laughing our asses off mile after mile". But, according to 107.5 The Eagle DJ Scott Sparks, it was 1971's Live at Fillmore East that started them down their legendary path. "As much as I hate it, it's time for me to take some real time off to heal". Oakley died in another motorcycle crash - both accidents were in Macon - a little more than a year later. The Allman Brothers band composed many superhit numbers including "Ramblin Man", "Crazy Love", and "Straight From the Heart". In 1999, Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C after doctors had found two spots in the rocker's liver, and in recalling his diagnosis, he told the publication that doctors believe he may have gotten the disease from an infected tattoo needle. All his 2017 tour dates were canceled in mid-March. Unfortunately it was only three months after that album's release that Duane died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.
She said: "Nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did".
In his 2012 book My Cross to Bear, Allman revealed that the excess from living the classic "sex, drugs and rock n' roll" lifestyle eventually lead to moments in the tabliods, failed marriages, and a liver transplant in 2010.
Over the next few years I would begin to play guitar as everyone of my music loving friends became Allman Brothers' freaks. I mean, we only have a couple of seconds left.