Southern Rock Legend Gregg Allman Dies At Age 69

 

Gregg Allman, who helped power the Southern rock style of the Allman Brothers Band, died Saturday at the age of 69.

Allman founded the band with his brother Duane, who died in a motorcycle accident shortly after the release of the group’s 1971 album Filmore East.

 

Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

A statement posted on Allman’s website said the singer “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.”

“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times,” the statement said.

 

“I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard,” said Michael Lehman, Allman’s manager. “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.”

Many remember Allman on Twitter.

 

The Allman Brothers Band hit its stride in the 1970s and early 1980s. Its top single was Ramblin Man, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts in October 1973. Allman’s solo version of Midnight Rider reached No. 19 in 1974.

Allman, whose use of drugs and alcohol was a steady background to the group’s success, was also a feature on the gossip pages in the 1970s due to his relationship with Cher. The two married in 1975, but initially lasted only nine days before Cher left Allman over his drug use. The couple later reunited and had a son, Elijah Blue Allman. They divorced in 1979.

 

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