According to a statement on his website, Allman passed away peacefully Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. After that, he also continued to record more solo albums including Gregg Allman Tour (1974) and Playin' Up a Storm (1977) and Two the Hard Way (1977).
Of all the albums Leavell has played on, he noted that Gregg Allman's Laid Back and The Allman Brothers Band's Brothers and Sisters "are probably the two records that I am most proud to have my name on". "He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn't". His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans.
Gregg Allman contributed some classic compositions to the band's early repertoire, including, "Dreams" "Midnight Rider", "Melissa" and "Whipping Post". "I learned an enormous amount about singing and songwriting from him-most of it before we ever met".
"I can tell when he's there, man", Allman said.
"RIP Gregg Allman, what a voice". He lived through the death of his brother, guitarist Duane Allman, three bassists, and a marriage to Cher (his career even outlived the couple's '77 LP "Allman and Woman").
The singer was married to the Allman Brothers Band rocker from 1975 to 1979 and she has been left heartbroken after hearing of his death on Saturday (27May17).
In the 1990s Gregg Allman moved to California and dabbled in acting, appearing as a drug lord in the 1991 movie, Rush. As a child, Gregg saved up money from a paper route and bought a guitar that was soon appropriated by his older brother. It featured performances by Allman and by contemporaries and inheritors like soul singer Sam Moore, country star Vince Gill, Widespread Panic and steel guitarist Robert Randolph, another jam-band favorite.
In 2012, at age 64, he made headlines when he was briefly engaged to a 24-year-old. And in 2012, also along with the rest of the band, Allman received a Grammy award for lifetime achievement.
Undaunted this toughest of American bands survived to find commercial success away from the bars and halls with the splendid Eat A Peach and the groundbreaking Brothers and Sisters which includes the perennial favourite "Ramblin" Man'.
Haynes performed with the Dickey Betts Band and co-wrote Allman's 1988 solo song "Before the Bullets Fly" before he ultimately joined the reunited Allman Brothers Band in 1989. Allman mastered the Hammond B-3 electric organ and added it to the mix. He and Betts took over leadership of the band after Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 and before the band broke up for the first time in the late '70s. To avoid jail, Allman agreed to testify against Scooter Herring, his road manager.