Gregg Allman On World Cafe

Posted May 29, 2017

Butch Trucks died in January 2017. They also recorded an album together billed under Allman and Woman, titled Two the Hard Way, though it was a commercial failure. Albums "Eat a Peach" and "Brothers and Sisters" were huge critical and commercial successes, spawning such radio hits as "Melissa", "Blue Sky" and "Ramblin' Man", and the band's live shows drew raves. The first thing that struck me was Gregg's voice, and how unique and captivating it was. That music has been labeled "Southern rock" thanks to the band's home base in Macon, Ga. - but it was much more than rock, and it reflected a lot more than the South.

Cher and Gregg finally split in 1978, after having one child together, Elijah Blue.

When the boys were adolescents their mother moved with the kids to Daytona Beach, Florida, where Gregg bought his first guitar at a Sears store with money he earned from his paper route.

Gregg Allman was just one year younger than Duane.

"Duane and I caught it like an illness", Gregg told Southern Living magazine. Perhaps it is Allman's intimate disclosure that gives us permission to tap our own arsenal of emotions when we hear his music. After forming their first band, the Allman Joys, in the mid-'60s, they relocated to Los Angeles, where Liberty Records attempted to groom Gregg for a solo career.

Gregg Allman was born in Nashville in 1947, a year after brother Duane.

The soulful singer was known for his long blond hair. Rolling Stone magazine said the style created "a template for countless subsequent jam bands". Although Duane passed away in 1971, Gregg continued the band with various lineups sporadically until 2014, when the band broke for a final time. Another motorcycle accident the following year claimed Oakley's life.

He will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia, though a funeral date has not yet been set, Lehman said.

The band carried on but fell into the trap of rock star excess.

He says they recorded at Macon's Capricorn studios with The Allman Brothers.

By the mid-'70s the cloud over the band grew darker as Gregg became a heroin addict and Betts assumed leadership.

Fresh from a Saturday night performance at the Summer Camp festival where his band Gov't Mule paid tribute to Allman with performances of "Dreams" and "Whipping Post", an emotional Haynes shared his feelings about Allman's passing.

What had once been a familial group split up over what was seen as Allman's betrayal.

The 1970s brought more highly publicized turmoil: Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards. As a member of the band, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.