If you’re a fan of classic rock, odds are you know and love the music of Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman passed away this weekend of a combination of health issues at the age of 69.
Deadline Hollywood reports:
Gregg Allman, Pillar of Namesake Southern Rock Band, Dies at 69
Gregg Allman, the singer and organist for the Allman Brothers Band and progenitor of the blues-inflected genre of Southern Rock, has died at age 69.
According to a statement on his official website, Allman died peacefully at home in Savannah, Ga. He had battled health problems for many years, and had undergone a liver transplant in 2010 after a diagnosis of hepatitis C.
Michael Lehman, Allman’s longtime manager, called his close friend “a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”
Allman founded the Allman Brothers Band with his older brother Duane, a guitar master, and the group blended a stew of influences with virtuoso musicianship, their legendary live shows inspiring generations of musicians from other blues rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd to jam groups like Phish. Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, shortly after the band’s legendary performances at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East in New York City.
Here’s a video report from ABC News:
Here’s a classic photo from the man himself:
— Gregg Allman (@GreggAllman) May 22, 2017
This one is great too:
— Gregg Allman (@GreggAllman) May 17, 2017
Musicians are weighing in on Twitter.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys:
So sad to hear about Gregg Allman passing – a great musician. Love & Mercy, Brian
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) May 27, 2017
Paul Stanley of KISS:
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 28, 2017
Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have
hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever pic.twitter.com/EPfE56fqCf
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) May 27, 2017
Cher was married to him from 1975 to 1978:
— Cher (@cher) May 27, 2017
Rest in peace Greg Allman peace and love to all the family ????✌️????????????????????????☮️????????
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) May 27, 2017
Finally, here are a few tunes to remember him by.
Thank you for the music, Gregg. Rest in peace.
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