November 19 2017

Gregg Allman, Southern rock pioneer, dead at age 69

November 19 2017, 06:44 | Frederick Owens

Macon's Big House remembers Gregg Allman

Macon's Big House remembers Gregg Allman

Six tough mothers from Macon - The Allman Brothers Band, 1970. With blonde hair that once freely flowed over his shoulders tied tightly into a ponytail once he was older, he transformed from a would-be rock god to a revered, yet tarnished masterful musician.

The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. However Allman went on to entrance the band on his personal for many years after his brother's loss of life. Later, he relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida. It's said that Gregg's early aspiration was to dentistry.

In 1975, Allman married Cher but she filed for divorce seven days later. They also recorded an album together billed under Allman and Woman, titled Two the Hard Way, though it was a commercial failure.

It was with these family members that Gregg Allman became a rock and roll pioneer, starting the Allman Brothers Band with brother Duane Allman. In addition to blues, the band also was known for its crystal guitar harmonies between Duane and Dickey Betts, jazz influences and a free-wheeling approach that sometimes led to 20-minute songs. "I don't understand why he can't see it".

Below are (1) the studio recording of "Whipping Post" and (2) a performance of it at the Fillmore East in 1970.

"Broken heart. Gregg Allman I will miss you". Bassist Oakley was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1972, and the band gradually succumbed to drug abuse and internal bickering.

However, it was at a small bar in Macon where Causey and his band member Rob Walker say they actually got to play onstage with Gregg. When Oakley died, there was half-hearted consideration given to whether they should go on at all, but go on they did, producing some of their best work in the aftermath. Nevertheless, he persevered, both by revitalizing the Allman Brothers Band throughout the ensuing decades and launching a solo career that earned him the respect of fans, critics and contemporaries.

"They (Allman's health issues) haven't been good for a long time and he could've surprised everybody and held out for a really long time, or in this case it didn't take long, didn't last long.It's devastating, y'know?"

Allman suffered a number of ailments in the past few years, including an irregular heartbeat, a respiratory infection, a hernia and a liver transplant. They were always looking to push the envelope and extrapolate on their most beloved tunes every time out, with Gregg acting as maestro.

Allman was also planning a number of residency shows in both Macon and at City Winery in NY, which after a brief run in 2016 had to be rescheduled to 2017. "Jam on in the great hereafter." - country star Brad Paisley, via Twitter.

"I can tell when he's there, man", Allman said. Hope it blows you away as it did me. When you talk about a legacy, there's a whole lot of players doing different things and playing the Allman brothers as inspiration.

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"(It's) "a sad, sad day for music and all of us that loved Gregg.

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