We are starting to lose our musical heroes at an alarming rate. This weekend it was Gregg Allman, front man and focal point of the Allman Brothers Band, pioneers of the Southern rock sound of the 1970s, died Saturday, May 27 due to complications from liver cancer, his longtime manager, Michael Lehman, confirmed to Variety. He was 69. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts said, "It's too soon to properly process this. I'm so glad I was able to have a couple good talks with him before he passed. In fact I was about to call him to check and see how he was when I got the call. It's a very sad day."
Our friend John Henry at Third Street Cigar sent us these photos of Gregg playing the Toledo Sports Arena shortly after the death of Duane Allman in the early 70s. The iconic images were taken by renowned photographer John Rockwood and used with his permission.
Photos by John Rockwood, used with permission.
As a member of the Allman Brothers Band, Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Allman had completed a solo album, Southern Blood that is set for release late this year. Lehman said they received some final mixes for the album last Friday, and Allman listened to them the night before his death. He added that Allman passed away with his family nearby, and was "at peace."