Written by DeepJams on November 21, 2014
Gregg Allman: Voice of the 70’s
Gregory “Gregg” Lenoir Allman, born December 8th, 1947, was one of the founding members of influential 1970s rock group the Allman Brothers Band. Younger brother of legendary guitarist Duane Allman, Gregg followed his brother’s path of becoming a musician after graduating high school in 1965. The brothers formed various groups during their teenaged years, including the Allman Joys and the Hour Glass, before founding the Allman Brothers Band in 1969–the formation of one of the most enduring and influential Southern rock band in music history.
The original members of the Allman Brothers Band included Duane Allman and Dickey Betts on lead guitar, Gregg Allman on vocals and keyboard, Jaimoe & Butch Trucks on drums, and Berry Oakley on bass. Although Gregg had learned guitar before Duane, Gregg soon took most comfort in providing vocals and keyboard for the band. The band quickly became a musical powerhouse with their distinctive musical style and powerful jam-filled live shows.
The Allman Brothers Band released their first album in 1969, and their live album At Fillmore East–considered to be one of the best live albums of all time–July 1971. Gregg wrote many of the Allman Brothers Band’s hits, including classics like “Whipping Post,” “Dreams,” and “Midnight Rider.” After the shocking deaths of Duane and Berry in 1971 and 1972, both from motorcycle accidents, Gregg and the remaining members of the band decided to continue forward, going on to release Eat a Peach in 1972 and Brothers and Sisters in 1973. The band did not always stay strong with many various periods of disbandment and regroupings, and definitely with many changes in the lineup. Nonetheless, the band survived until 2014, with the departure of later members Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.
Gregg Allman had maintained involvement with the Allman Brothers Band for most of his life, and was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Gregg’s solo work includes Laid Back (1973), Playin’ Up a Storm (1977), and other albums released across the years. In 2012, Gregg released a memoir of his life, “My Cross to Bare”, detailing his life’s journey, mistakes, and personal reflections. In present day, Gregg Allman lives in a peaceful home in Jacksonville Florida, with a new home studio, and continues to keep music a prominent part of his life.
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