Rocker Gregg Allman dies at age 69; sang and lived the blues

More concise originals like "Midnight Rider" and "Melissa", as well as Allman's renditions of blues classics like "Statesboro Blues" and "Done Somebody Wrong", revealed his singular affinity with the black Southern musical vernacular.

When the boys were adolescents their mother moved with the kids to Daytona Beach, Florida, where Gregg bought his first guitar at a Sears store with money he earned from his paper route.

The band was an early progenitor of what became known as Southern rock.

Over the years, the band would break up and reform, but Gregg continued to produced great solo work, with the much-loved Laid Back first. I am so very saddened to hear of Gregg's passing today.

The singer-songwriter and rock n' blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane provided a voice quite like none other and lent his lead vocals to a majority of the band's catalog. "We didn't realize how heavy that was at the time but we sure realized how heavy the music was", Haynes wrote.

They were a scruffy-looking, denim-clad assemblage and Gregg stood out with his long golden-blond hair. Both songs became staples of their epic live shows; a cathartic 22-minute version of "Whipping Post" was a highlight of their acclaimed 1971 live album, "At Fillmore East".

The rest of the band was stricken but carried on and put out another well-regarded album, "Eat a Peach". They were buried next to each other in Rose Hill. Then 13 months after Duane's death, bassist Berry Oakley was killed in a similar motorcycle accident only a few blocks from where Duane had been killed.

Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 69.

Allman was married six times in his life, most memorably to Cher, from 1975 to 1979. Gregg Allman alienated bandmates when he testified against a band employee on trial for drug charges, and the Allman Brothers split up in 1976.

Those who knew the musician - who once said he hoped to die while "writing a new song" - immediately took to social media to express their grief.

Remember the Allman brothers with this full broadcast of their 1995 "Austin City Limits" performance.

  • Joey Payne