Musicians & others react to Gregg Allman's death

01 June, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Gregg Allman, Star of Southern Rock, Dies at Age 69

Gregg Allman will be laid to rest in his hometown of Macon, Georgia on Saturday.

Allman will be buried at Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery, next to his brother Duane and late Allman Brothers band mate Berry Oakley. Gregg's manager Michael Lehman said: "The family is hoping to keep this between 75 and 100 people". Every guitar player in every Southern town was listening to the Live at Fillmore East record and worshipping at the altar of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts.

"He was more than just a producer for me, he was like a father figure nearly, " Allman said.

The Allman Brothers Band might've been peculiar in structure - longtime drummer Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson says Duane cribbed the two drummers bit from James Brown - but it was a revolution in style and substance.

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.


The induction of the Allman Brothers Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 was based largely on the music the band had made on its first four albums.

"Growing up in the South at that time, there was a proximity to a lot of different kinds of music", says Alan Light, co-author of Allman's autobiography, My Cross To Bear.

"I was out on tour with the Brothers and the end of the tour came and my manager calls me and says, 'listen on your way home to Savannah, Georgia, we want you to stop off in Memphis and meet this guy called T-Bone Burnett, " he said.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for the late Gregg Allman, who died of liver cancer over the weekend. And how now, almost half a century later with the death of Gregg Allman at 69, when we look back on all they accomplished, we may just assume they were megastars from the get-go. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", Allman's official website read. The couple briefly became a recording duo, known as Allman and Woman, before divorcing in 1979.

Allman was married six times in his life, most memorably to Cher, from 1975 to 1979. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010. One is gone in his mid 20's while the other leads a full life dying at 69.still not making it to real person's life expectancy but for a rock musician who had dependency problems and seven marriages a truly great run. They apparently hit it off, however: Devon later sat in with his dad several times; Allman Brothers Band favorites like "Midnight Rider" have remained a staple of his sets, too.

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