Blues rocker Gregg Allman dies at 69

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

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.

Allman, who died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, found huge fame in the Southern United States when he started with older brother Duane in the late 1960s.

Following his long career as part of the group and the tragic death of his brother - who passed away in November 1971 after a motorcycle accident - Gregg then went solo before restructuring The Allman Brothers Band and performing an annual three-week run at the Beacon Theatre between 1989 and 2014. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", the statement continues.

Allman's percussive Hammond B-3 organ playing helped anchor the Allman Brothers' rhythm section and provided a chuffing counterpoint to the often heated musical interplay between his brother and the band's other lead guitarist, Dickey Betts. "It's a very sad day".

Barker also recalls talking with a group of insurance agents from the Macon area a few years ago about their efforts to bring that city more recognition.

Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. Gregg Allman tragically passed away and Cher, who is also struggling with her own disease, is devastated.

The southern rock pioneer fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, creating a template for countless jam bands to come.

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After promising live gigs around the South and a disastrous stint in Los Angeles, where a record label tried to mold them into a psychedelic rock band, the Allman Brothers formed in earnest in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969.

"I. proceeded to wear that son of a b***h out", Allman later told Rolling Stone. "Gregg was always gracious to me... making sure I was included in everything from photo sessions to various parties and events... and even sometimes asking me to accompany him to events not related to the band's duties".

"His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans", Lehman said. "I learned an enormous amount about singing and songwriting from him-most of it before we ever met". His seventh solo album, Southern Blood, will be released this year.

Allman would receive a liver transplant in 2010, and while he suffered some medical setbacks that caused him to cancel some shows in 2011, he appeared healthy during the CMT News interview, determined to continue educating people about hepatitis C, and how it could, on occasion, turn into liver cancer if not caught early. "Listening to Allman Brothers "Live at Fillmore East", a record that never gets old".

Gregg made his solo debut in 1973 with the album titled Laid Back.

Throughout his recovery and later health problems, Allman maintained that playing music was essential to his survival.