The leading force behind the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg, passed away at home, in Savannah, Georgia, on May 27, 2017, according to The New York Times. He was 69 years old.
A statement was released on his official website reported that he had been plagued with poor health during the last several years. In 1999, he was diagnosed with hepatitis and underwent a liver transplant 11 years later.
The family has yet to make a public announcement, but his website indicated it is forthcoming, according to Billboard Magazine.
He enjoyed performing over the last years:
[Allman] considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul.
He was the band’s frontman and keyboardist. Allman was instrumental in the foundation of the group’s style, which is described as a fusion of rock, jazz, and country.
The Allman Brothers Band’s unique sound brings to mind the musical stylings of the Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynard. The band began their career in the 1970s and quickly established themselves as “trailblazing Southern rock.”
Some of the band’s hits are “Midnight Rider,” 1974, “Crazy Love,” 1979, and “I’m No Angel,” 1987. Since point-of-sale records began in 1991, the Allman Brothers Band sold 9.3 million albums in the United States, according to the Neilsen Music.
By Cathy Milne
The New York Times: Gregg Allman, Influential Force Behind the Allman Brothers Band Dies at 69
Billboard Magazine: Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69
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