Gregg Allman, Soulful Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 69

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman plays during a 1979 Allman Brothers Band concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

Allman "passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia", a statement on the singer's website read Saturday. He blamed cancer for Allman's death. Back in March (17), he made a decision to scrap all of his 2017 scheduled performances to focus on getting well. He announced August 5 that he was "under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic" due to "serious health issues".

The Allman Brothers reunited in 1989 and would tour on and off over the next 25 years. He canceled the remainder his 2017 tour back in March.

In a 2012 interview with CMT News, Gregg Allman candidly discussed the myriad of health issues he had experienced since the late 1990s, some three years after he quit drinking. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens. "Duane had an idea for the band".

Allman enjoyed both a successful solo career as well as the iconic collaboration with his brother Duane that became the Allman Brothers.

Billboard said that since Nielsen Music began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991, the Allman Brothers Band have sold 9.3 million albums in the United States. Strangely, that following year on November 11, 1972, Oakley had also died under similar circumstances in Macon, GA as well.

The Allman Brothers experienced their first real mainstream success in the early 1970's with the live album At Fillmore East. The album introduced fans to their fusion of blues, rock and jazz.

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Allman's percussive Hammond B-3 organ playing helped anchor the Allman Brothers' rhythm section and provided a chuffing counterpoint to the often heated musical interplay between his brother and the band's other lead guitarist, Dickey Betts. And he always felt like a blues artist - one who was haunted by losses that propelled some of the most memorable music of the 1970s. And when it's all said and done, I'll go to my grave and my brother will greet me, saying, "Nice work, little brother-you did all right". "One thing everybody thought was Duane would come back to haunt us if we did not keep going".

"I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him". Once in a while, he could even feel his presence.

"I. proceeded to wear that son of a b***h out", Allman later told Rolling Stone.

"Broken heart. Gregg Allman I will miss you. But listen, he's there". After decades of drug and alcohol abuse, he finally got clean in 1995 after being embarrassed by his drunken acceptance speech at the Allman Brothers' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This soon became the "Allman Joys" and then the "Hour Glass" - as which they even recorded two studio albums but didn't like them very much and chafed at the record label's onerous conditions.

"I had met Frank a couple of times and I was awestruck, " Allman said.

As one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman is widely regarded as a pioneer in rock and blues music.

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