Gregg Allman, the lead singer of The Allman Brothers Band has reportedly died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69.
One of the top singers in the world, he was one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band who went solo later.
For the last more than four decades he was in the industry and received instant fame in the sixties when he founded the band in association of his elder brother Duane in the late 1960s. As the lead singer and keyboardist he became hit with millions and millions of music fans. There is no denying that his popularity as far as rock music is concerned was simply unrivalled.
Given the popularity of the two brothers and their dexterity in churning out the music that attracted the common people, 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
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.
Gregg married six women and all marriages ended in divorce. His first marriage was with Shelley Jefts in 1971 followed by his marriage with Janice Mulkey in 1973, Cher in 1975, Julie Bindas in 1979, Danielle Galliano in 1989 and Stacey Fountain in 2001. After news of his death was announced, singer Cher, to whom he was married in the 1970s, tweeted “words are impossible”, before sharing a picture of the two together.