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Gregg Allman, Lead Singer And Keyboardist Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dies

Singer, organist, keyboardist, and songwriter Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday. He was 69. The musician had been battling hepatitis C which severely damaged his liver. He died of complications related to his liver. 

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According to a statement on his website, the rocker struggled with many health issues and an unhealthy lifestyle for years. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, 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 grew up in Florida with his mother after his father was shot to death. He looked up to his older brother Duane, before finally creating The Allman Brothers Band n 1969. The original band included tight guitar harmonies by Duane and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and Gregg as the band’s frontman. They were known for their songs:  Whipping Post, Ramblin’ Man and Midnight Rider. 

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While Duane died due in a motorcycle accident in 1971, Allman continued to play but also lived a rather dramatic life thereon. He briefly married singer and actress Cher in 1975, three days after she divorced her husband and singing partner, Sonny Bono. Cher requested a divorce just nine days after their Las Vegas wedding. They had one child together, Elijah Blue, before separating in 1977.

As a solo performer, Gregg had seven albums that peaked on the Billboard 200, including the No. 5-peaking Low Country Blues in 2011.

Gregg was married five times. He is survived by his partner Shannon Williams and five children. 

 

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