Allman Brothers Band Great Gregg Allman Dead at 69
There's sad news to report as Gregg Allman, longtime vocalist, keyboardist and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has passed away at the age of 69.
A statement on his website and social media reveals that Allman passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday (May 27). The singer had struggled with several health issues in recent years. An official cause of death was not revealed.
According to the statement, "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."
Gregg’s longtime manager and close friend, Michael Lehman 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. 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.”
The musician is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release an additional statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.
Allman founded the Allman Brothers band with his older brother, guitarist Duane Allman. The group also featured guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. They were known for their blues and country-infused improvisational jam style and their band became one of the leaders in what many coined "Southern Rock."
With the Allman Brothers Band, Allman and his bandmates churned out such classic songs as "Ramblin' Man," "Melissa," "Whipping Post" and "Midnight Rider." The group entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. And as a solo artist, Allman went on to release multiple albums, with the songs "I'm No Angel" and "Anything Goes" achieving his biggest successes.
Our condolences to the extended Allman family, his friends and peers. See some of the reaction from the rock community on Allman's death below.
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