Cher mourns death of former husband and southern rock god Gregg Allman
Cher mourns death of former husband and southern rock god Gregg Allman
29 May, 2017, 00:44
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.
"It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, " the statementsaid.
No cause of death was given, but it added that he had "struggled with many health issues" over the 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", a message on the band's website said. "He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn't".
When Allman's valet, Scooter Herring, was arrested for drug dealing in 1976, Allman, then married to singer-actress Cher, accepted immunity and testified to a grand jury against the man who acquired drugs for him.
The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.
Lehman told NPR News Allman had finished a new album, which would be released in September.
Allman will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia, where two other Allman Brothers members - his brother, guitarist Duane Allman, and bassist Berry Oakley - are also buried.
From the point of Dowd's 2002, Allman spent little time in the recording studio. I wouldn't trade [my life] for nobody's, but I don't know if I'd do it again. "I thought that's the hippest thing I've ever heard".
"I think it's because you're doing something you love", Allman said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press.
Gregg was the band's lead singer, keyboardist and a key songwriter as it put out a string of hits.
The track is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped rock and roll, and it is one of the few songs covered by fellow influential artist Frank Zappa. But Lehman said Allman would be buried alongside his late brother, founding Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, where the band got its start almost five decades ago.
"The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very hard time", the statement on his website advised.
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