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Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« on: May 27, 2017, 03:50:29 PM »
This one was coming for a while, but it still hurts.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/gregg-allman-southern-rock-legend-dead-at-69-w433068


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Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dead at 69

Allman Brothers Band leader played essential role in invention of Southern rock

Gregg Allman, a singer, musician and songwriter who played an essential role in the invention of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69. Allman's rep confirmed his death to Rolling Stone.

Although he claimed the term was redundant, singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman helped create the first great "Southern-rock" group as co-founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band alongside his older brother, famed guitarist Duane Allman. The Allmans fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, and their sound created a template for countless jam bands to come. Gregg Allman was blessed with one of blues-rock's great growling voices and, along with his Hammond B-3 organ playing, beholden to Booker T. Jones, had a deep emotional power. Writing in Rolling Stone, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons said that Allman's singing and keyboard playing displayed "a dark richness, a soulfulness that added one more color to the Allmans' rainbow."

As he recounted in his 2012 memoir My Cross to Bear, Allman also experienced a quintessential, and essentially tragic, rock-star trajectory that included too-sudden fame, admittedly excessive drug use, a high-profile celebrity romance, multiple marriages and a late-life liver transplant.

Gregory LeNoir Allman was born December 8th, 1947, in Nashville, Tennessee, a little more than a year after brother Duane. The boys' father, U.S. Army Captain Willis Turner Allman, was shot to death by a drinking acquaintance shortly after the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1949. As a child, Gregg saved up money from a paper route and bought a guitar that was soon appropriated by his older brother. The siblings attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee, before moving to Daytona Beach, Florida. Duane talked his brother into joining a racially integrated band, the House Rockers, shocking their mother. "We had to turn my mother on to the blacks," Gregg told 16-year-old Cameron Crowe in the 1973 Rolling Stone cover story that would inspire Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous. He added that it "[t]ook a while, but now shes totally liberated."

After playing in bands like the Untils, the Shufflers, the Escorts and the Y-Teens, the brothers took their band Allman Joys on the road in the summer of 1965 following Gregg's graduation from Seabreeze High School. They often played six sets a night, seven nights a week, and eventually moved to Los Angeles Gregg having shot himself in the foot to avoid the draft where they recorded two forgettable albums for Liberty Records as the Hour Glass. While working as a session man in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Gregg was summoned to Jacksonville, Florida, in March 1969. There he joined Duane and the other musicians Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks (drums) and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums) comprising the Allman Brothers Band's earliest incarnation.

"It was nice, round, kind of dull-ended instead of sharp," Allman wrote of the Hammond B-3 sound, "and I thought it blended with guitar just perfect." In addition to being the band's main vocalist and composer of signature tunes "Whipping Post" and "Don't Keep Me Wonderin,'" Gregg and his long blond hair also served as its visual focus. The band enjoyed meteoric success with their albums Live at the Fillmore East (1971) and Eat a Peach (1972). Between those albums, tragically, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, followed a year later by Berry Oakley's eerily similar demise.

Shortly thereafter, Gregg recorded his solo debut, 1973's Laid Back, which offered an economical la carte selection of blues, R&B and soul songs in contrast with the Allman's epic all-you-can-eat live shows. Its critical success, combined with Gregg's marriage to pop superstar Cher in 1975 and the group's collective appetites for narcotics, led to the Allman Brothers breakup after the recording of their disappointing 1975 release Win, Lose or Draw. Additionally, Allman was shunned by his bandmates for testifying to a grand jury, in exchange for immunity, regarding his "valet" and drug provider John C. "Scooter" Herring. Audience shouts of "Narc!" plagued him for years afterward.

Allman continued to release solo albums throughout the Seventies and Eighties. These included the live Gregg Allman Tour (1974) and Playin' Up a Storm (1977). Two the Hard Way (1977), a duo album with Cher credited to "Allman and Woman" resembled an Ashford & Simpson-style effort. An admitted hardcore alcoholic throughout the Eighties and most of the Nineties, Allman enjoyed something of a comeback with I'm No Angel (1986) and, three years later, a reformed Allman Brothers Band. His only non-anthology solo release the following decade was Searching For Simplicity (1997).

In 2007, Allman was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which he attributed to a dirty tattoo needle, and he received a liver transplant. He also suffered from an atrial fibrillation and eventually switched to a gluten-free vegan diet.

T-Bone Burnett produced Low Country Blues (2011), a solid set of blues covers. Allman continued touring with the Allman Brothers until the group played its official final show at New York's Beacon Theater on October 28th, 2014. He released Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon GA in 2015, and Don Was produced Southern Blood, scheduled for a 2017 release. 

"I don't know if I'd do it again," confessed the bluesman in My Cross to Bear's painfully honest final lines. "If somebody offered me a second round, I think I'd have to pass on it."

I've been coming to where I am from the get go
Find that I can groove with the beat when I let go
So put your worries on hold
Get up and groove with the rhythm in your soul

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2017, 04:25:15 PM »
He had a full life and made  lot of great music.

Jammin' with Duane, Berry, and Butch

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 04:35:49 PM »
 :cry:

I'm still reeling from Cornell over here, now this...

Rest in Peace.
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2017, 04:48:21 PM »
Just got a call from my dad, super bummed.
RIP

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2017, 04:53:21 PM »
This one hurts. I never got to see him play due to being young with limited funds and the ABB exclusive touring schedules. I've surely felt all the music since the age a 13, and I'm very thankful to know the band from recordings. The first time I ever heard the ABB was at the age of 13 raking leafs in my backyard. My father had a stereo set up to blast music out into the backyard. RIP Gregg

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2017, 05:20:00 PM »
I spent many wonderful nights in my younger days seeing  the ABB. So thankful for all those moments. Glad he's at peace.
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2017, 05:48:41 PM »
Saw Gregg play with the allmans and his own band many times... but the one that stands out is jazzfest 1996... the year phish played.

I ate a bunch a boomers and all I can say is I "got" the Allman brothers on that day. There was no rhythm anymore. It was just a wash of sound. The most beautiful sound. You know how they lose the beat entirely for the last 7 minutes or so of Whipping Post on the Fillmore East and it's just washes of melody with no discernible beat? That's what their whole set sounded like to me. It was glorious. A crystalline memory.
I've been coming to where I am from the get go
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2017, 07:15:05 PM »
:cry:

I'm still reeling from Cornell over here, now this...

Rest in Peace.

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2017, 07:21:28 PM »
It just struck me that I was wearing my ABB baseball hat all day today. Got back from a hike when I heard the news

Coincidence?
I think not
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2017, 09:21:15 PM »
 End of an era.
Gotta be a rough last couple months for Derek, Oteil, and everyone else in that family.
RIP
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2017, 10:58:12 PM »
What a legend. RIP!
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2017, 11:44:42 PM »
Damn, RIP  :cry:
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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2017, 01:37:20 AM »
Oh man, this one hurts. We're lucky that there are some out there who have absorbed his lessons and his energy and will carry on his legacy and continue passing it on. I'm not a huge panic or warren haynes fan, but warren and schools lay it down with their words...

https://glidemagazine.com/185284/gregg-allman-tributes-pour-read-warren-haynes-dave-schools-tributes/

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2017, 09:50:08 AM »
I wonder if it helps that we could see this coming?
Perhaps not.
I first saw the Allmans when they headlined HORDE at MPP. That was a hell of a day for me and they capped it beautifully. I was already a fan but when they tore into Whipping Post... I was transformed.

Per his manager, Gregg passed in the company of loved ones and friends.
After a life so rich with high highs and low lows, what more can a man ask?
Farewell Gregg.

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Re: Rest In Peace Gregg Allman
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2017, 12:46:02 PM »
In the same way that many of you were transformed by the music if GD or Phish, for me it was ABB. Specifically, At Fillmore East. That album opened up my ears to the world of improvisational music.

I saw them many times, starting in 1974 when they were at or maybe just past their peak. The wheels started falling of right after that, they were clearly off when I saw them again in 75.

In the "Derek - Warren" era, I've seen them when Gregg was clearly not well but they put on a good show anyway. I'm fortunate that I also saw them when Gregg was healthy, in late 2012 and in 2013, especially 3 nights at the Beacon. There was clearly a renewed energy and fire in the band when Gregg was well - you could hear it and you could feel it. Those 3 nights at the Beacon are definitely a musical highlight for me. March 8, set 2 - Blue Sky, Dreams, Merman> Mtn Jam (with In a Silent Way jam), Whipping Post encore.
It was also shortly before we discovered my wife had cancer so, that whole week really means a lot.

The book is definitely closed. There will be no reunions. The music lives on. Duane's vision was spot on.

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