Late rocker Gregg Allman had ties to Tampa Bay area

Peter Castro
June 1, 2017

Fans have been asked to stay away from the ceremony in the late star's native Macon.

The late Gregg Allman's upcoming album Southern Blood is a masterpiece, says his manager Michael Lehman.

Since that time, I have been an Allman Brothers Band devotee, there never being a time when I was not in possession of Live at the Fillmore East either in album, eight-track, cassette, or compact disc. I had not even picked up a guitar yet but thanks to my to older brothers I had been exposed to a lot of great soul music with the best singers in the world. While it's a blow to the music community at large, just down the Vestal Parkway, a local musician says Allman was not only an inspiration musically, but also personally. After Willie Nelson expressed concern about his health during the band's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Allman got sober, and he and the band hit the road once again. I didn't believe it for a long time until somebody shoved it [Zappa's recording] right in front of my face and said here play it yourself. "I've forgiven him for that".

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.

If America really is a melting pot, music is what melts first.

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He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent an organ transplant in 2010, however, he was still plagued with liver cancer. "He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn't".

Peter Frampton tweeted, "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming wth him recently". Then a collection of friends and former bandmates coalesced into The Allman Brothers Band and a first album in 1969.

Allman had handsome ideas about creating space within his music.

Gregg Allman, who died last week at age 69, was a primary voice and face of that movement, and he helped carry the Allmans' music to the masses through songs including "Whipping Post", "Midnight Rider", and "Melissa". The couple briefly became a recording duo, known as Allman and Woman, before divorcing in 1979. Allman said in an interview with Viva magazine in 1977 that he regretted marrying Cher and said that they probably could have fallen in love if it hadn't been for his drug abuse.

"Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family".

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