Update: Gregg Allman funeral service will be held on Saturday. Nonetheless, it will be a very private affair with only family members and close friends taking part in it.
Legendary musician, singer, keyboardist and songwriter, Gregg Allman is no more. He died this past Saturday in Savannah, Georgia.
To know as to how he lived, it will be enough to state that the founding member of The Allman Brothers Band married a total of seven women including Cher. When he died, he was reportedly married to a woman some forty years his junior.
While he was very popular among women, the same cannot be said about how his children thought of him. Many of them complained about being shunned by him. His son with Cher, Elijah Blue, says that he suffered badly due to separation of his parents and was sent to a boarding school at just seven years of age. “When you go to boarding school at 7 years old, it’s kind of hard to feel like you’re not being shunned…But I’m at an age where I’m making peace with it because you just have to. But I still…it doesn’t mean it’s right. It’s still wrong to do that”, he told ETOnline.
Gregg Allman cause of death is liver cancer complications. Michael Lehman, his manager, in a statement said that the music legend died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, and he was “surrounded by his family and friends”. But it is rather surprising that his children didn’t release a single statement, neither together nor alone on the death of their father. Cher expressed sorrow at his death and shared a photo with him in a tweet.
Allman’s last work is yet to come to the world and there are reasons that his last album may be released posthumously. A CNN report quoted Lehmann as saying that Allman was reportedly working on solo album entitled “Southern Blood.” Lehman said Allman was very enthusiastic about the project and was listening to tracks from the album just last night. A release date for “Southern Blood” has not yet been announced.
Allman and his older brother both made a very early entry into the music world when they shifted to Los Angeles. The Allman Brothers Band became a major success in early seventies. Their first major success was in the form of their live album At Fillmore East. There is no denying that it represented a commercial and artistic breakthrough not just for the The Allman Brothers Band, but also for Gregg Allman
But there were major upheavals too. The band suffered major setbacks when his older brother died in a bike crash in 1971 and the band’s bassist, Berry Oakley was killed in a motorcycle accident next year. But the tragedies were followed by success too. The Allman Brothers Band’s 1973 album Brothers and Sisters became their biggest hit, and Allman pursued a solo career afterward, releasing his debut album, Laid Back the same year. In 1980s, Gregg reached an unexpected peak with the hit single “I’m No Angel” in 1987. After two more solo albums, the Allman Brothers reformed for a third and final time in 1989, and continued performing until 2014. He released his most recent solo album, Low Country Blues, in 2011, and his next, Southern Blood, is set to be released in 2017.
In the year 2015, while talking to Wall Street Journal, the music legend said, “My love of playing is still the same as when I was 24. In fact, I appreciate it all more and understand it much better…I’m grateful for every gold record, good review and award I’ve ever received, but I’m just so into what I’m doing and that’s where my focus is.”
A CNN report says that the legend will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia, though a funeral date has not yet been set. The report adds that two other founding members of the Allman Brothers — guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley — are also buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.