“Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died [today, Saturday, May 27th, 2017] at his home in Savannah, Ga.,” reports The New York Times, adding “He was 69.”
The Times continues, “His death was announced in a statement on Mr. Allman’s official website. No cause was given, but the statement said he had ‘struggled with many health issues over the past several years.’”
The story adds, “The band’s lead singer and keyboardist, Mr. Allman was one of the principal architects of a taut, improvisatory fusion of blues, jazz, country and rock that — streamlined by inheritors like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band — became the Southern rock of the 1970s.”
Reports Billboard, Gregg, “with his late brother, Duane… composed such classics as ‘Midnight Rider,’ ‘Melissa’ and the epic concert jam ‘Whipping Post…’ [Gregg] was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.”
The Billboard story adds, “The Allman Brothers Band first reached the Billboard 200 albums chart with its self-titled debut in 1970. Over the next 34 years, the group charted 24 more albums, including four top 10 sets. It topped the list once, with ‘Brothers and Sisters,’ which reached No. 1 for five weeks in 1973.
“The group also landed 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1971-1981. It earned its best showing with ‘Ramblin Man,’ which reached No. 2 in October 1973, and reached the top 40 two more times with ‘Crazy Love’ (No. 29, 1979) and ‘Straight From the Heart’ (No. 39, 1981). The band also logged a No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 1990 with ‘Good Clean Fun.’ In total, since Nielsen Music began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991, Allman Brothers Band have sold 9.3 million albums in the U.S.”
In this video clip the Allman Brothers Band perform “Good Clean Fun” during a 1990 episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” (Courtesy YouTube)