Gregg Allman dies at 69

Chuck Leavell Of Allman Brothers Band Writes Tribute To Gregg Allman

Allman had suffered the effects of hepatitis C for many years, leading to a liver transplant in 2010.

Gregg was the band's lead singer, keyboardist and a key songwriter as it put out a string of hits.

William also cut Allman's iconic "Midnight Rider" for 1983's Man of Steel LP, further reinforcing his Southern rock tendencies with one of the genre's signature songs. He had a major role in defining the Southern rock of the 1970s.

Allman and Betts also co-headlined a tour with their solo bands in 1986. Gregg Allman's voice reflected all of those influences. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens.

Country music great Charlie Daniels said on Twitter: "Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have, hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever".

Born Dec. 8, 1947, in Nashville, Allman called music "the fever", and he came down with it at an early age.

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.

But both Allman boys were musical, Gregg taking up guitar before older brother Duane.

"Duane and I caught it like an illness", Gregg told Southern Living magazine.

"(It's) "a sad, sad day for music and all of us that loved Gregg.

The band broke up in 1975, and Allman embarked on a successful solo career with The Gregg Allman Band, before The Allman Brothers reformed, performing from 1989 to 2014. Allman idolized his older brother, Duane, eventually joining a series of bands with him. The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who gained fame with The Allman Brothers Band and went on to craft hits with The Gregg Allman Band showcased the timeless power of Southern rock for almost half a century.

The rest of the band was stricken but carried on and put out another well-regarded album, Eat a Peach.

Yet tragedy struck that same year when Duane was killed in motorcycle accident.

He will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia, though a funeral date has not yet been set, Lehman said.

There are rock stars - and then there are bad-ass, muthafuggin', hardtack rock legends.

The late musician requested to meet the soon-to-be-married couple to thank them for letting him crash their party, and Kathleen Anderson told People she finally got her chance to meet Allman as well.

By the mid-'70s the cloud over the band grew darker as Gregg became a heroin addict and Betts assumed leadership.

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: (Singing) Went up on the mountain to see what I could see.

Allman in fact showed up, and stayed for about four hours listening to the band.

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