He was an extremely talented and influential musician.
I am very thankful I did get to see him and the band play several years ago, they came to Portland and played at a smaller venue called the Roseland under the name of Gregg Allman and Friends.
They introduced a teenager who tore the house down by the name of Derek Trucks.
You may have heard of him.
Dickey Betts was still with them then too.
The world has suffered a tragic loss with this one.
Thankfully there are thousands of hours of recordings and videos left behind for future generations to enjoy.
Gregg Allman dies at 69; Southern rock trailblazer led band marked by tragedy
Gregg Allman, the gravel-voiced singer who helped lift the Allman Brothers Band to prominence with a hard-churning brand of soulful rock that became part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and ’70s and set the coordinates for a musical genre known as Southern rock, died Saturday at the age of 69.
According to a statement posted on his official website, Allman, who had cancelled concerts and entire tours in recent years as he battled a variety of health issues, “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga.“
With Allman as the frontman, his brother Duane on slide guitar and not one but two drummers, the group became a favorite touring band with its extended and often improvised versions of songs like “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and “Stormy Monday.”
On Allman’s website, his manager, Michael Lehman, said: “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”