Gregg Allman’s funeral is all set for Saturday. While it was well known that the music legend will be laid to rest at Macon’s Rose Hill Cemetery in Georgia, the day and time was not confirmed.
Now it has been confirmed by Billboard that 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.
It is not yet known if Cher will join her son in the funeral. Gregg Allman’s older brother and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Duane is also buried at the same cemetery. Another close associate of the music legend and a member of his band Barry Oakley is also buried there.
Allman is survived by five children. 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
Allman lived a very fairy tale type of life. Though he suffered many failures too and in eighties it looked as if his career had ended abruptly, he always overcame all the challenges. Except alcoholism and drugs he conquered everything. 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.