Rock legend Gregg Allman dies at 69

Gregg Allman
Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman: performing with the Allman Brothers Band in 1975. Photo: Paragon Agency/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Southern rock songwriter and a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, has passed away at his home in Georgia

American musician, singer and songwriter, Gregg Allman, has passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. A statement on his official website confirmed the news on Saturday 27 May, continuing: “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.”

Allman was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, whose fusion of blues, rock, country and jazz helped forge the Southern rock sound that peaked in popularity during the 70s. As the band’s lead singer and principle songwriter, he created several of their biggest hits, including Whipping Post and Midnight Rider. Among The Allman Brothers Band’s best-known songs is 1973’s Jessica, which was used as the Top Gear theme tune. Allman’s pioneering work in music and songwriting earned Allman numerous awards, including several Grammys, and led to him being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Numerous tributes have been posted on Twitter, including several messages from his ex-wife and collaborator Cher, who wrote:

Allman’s cause of death was not immediately revealed, but the family is said to be releasing an official statement soon. He is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, and his five children: Devon, Elijah Blue, Michael Sean, Delilah Island, and Layla Brookyn.

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