Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band Dies at Age 69

Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

Southern rock pioneer Gregg Allman dies

When they first went on the road in 1965 with a band named the Allman Joys, the name was borrowed from a popular candy bar called Almond Joy. "He's left such an incredible legacy, between the great music that he's written and the great voice that he had".

Duane Allman was just 24 when he died in a motorcycle crash in 1971, leaving a scar on Gregg Allman that would remain for years. "Jam on in the great hereafter." - country star Brad Paisley, via Twitter. "Duane had an idea for the band".

While none of the four children reached the level of success that Gregg saw with the Allman Brothers Band, all have made their mark in other ways while maintaining strong influences from their father.

Many musicians have shared their thoughts on social media. The Allmans embarked on lengthy musical explorations that reflected the discipline and dynamics of classical music, the passion of soul and the improvisational spirit of jazz. Allman mastered the Hammond B-3 electric organ and added it to the mix.

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The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 but Allman said in his book that he was too drunk to enjoy it.

Together they released a widely panned duets album under the name "Allman and Woman". A pair of solo albums would follow during the 1980s - 1987's I'm No Angel and 1988's Just Before The Bullets Fly - before Allman reunited original ABB members Dicky Betts, Jaimoe and Butch Trucks alongside guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and keyboard player Johnny Neel in 1989. But Alan Light says a sense of mortality and loss haunted his life and fueled his most powerful songwriting. His mother, who sought to become a certified public accountant, had to put him and his elder brother Duane (born 1945) in a hostel as she had to live on campus. "He surrounded himself with reminders of his family and that loss".

Allman's career began in the early '60s, playing as a member of various bands in America's south.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Allman had battled with liver cancer and other serious health problems. He had a major role in defining the Southern rock of the 1970s. Besides having a thriving music career, Gregg Allman was also famous for his several marriages.

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Another of Gregg's sons, Devon, is also a musician. So when they invited me to join the Allman Brothers in '89, I had kind of had a little buffer zone where I wasn't just completely being thrown into the fire. And I'm bound to keep on riding.

In the 1990s Gregg Allman moved to California and dabbled in acting, appearing as a drug lord in the 1991 movie, "Rush". His lead vocals on numbers like "Whipping Post" and "Midnight Rider" take the listener along on the song's journey, leading even the most jaded music lover to believe that he has lived every word of the song. "You've been swallowed up by something you love, you know, and you're just totally engulfed".

Meanwhile, the family had moved to Florida and it was here that the brothers formed their first real band "The Escorts".

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