Cher mourns death of former husband and southern rock god Gregg Allman

"It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia", his website states.

Reports surfaced on April 24 that Allman was in hospice, although Allman substantiated a denial in a Facebook post. To Gregg's credit, their sound afterward was no less powerful, if more poignant, and to the delight of their worldwide fan base, they forged on for another 40+ years, until disbanding in 2014.

"I started playing and it just knocked me out", said Allman in the 2005 documentary American Revolutions: Southern Rock.

Son Devon Allman became a guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter, founding the band Honeytribe and enjoying a successful solo career.

What had once been a familial group split up over what was seen as Allman's betrayal.

Three months after its 1971 release, and just as the band was becoming nationally known, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon.

Kathleen and Wells Anderson told People magazine they met Allman when he came to the party that was being held for a couple they knew, to listen to a band called Bloodkin.

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He wrote several of them - It's Not My Cross to Bear, Midnight Rider, Ain't Wastin' Time No More and Melissa - while others were renditions of old blues songs, including One Way Out and Statesboro Blues.

LIGHT: You know, he was always so careful, and it was such a priority to him to say that the vision for the music of The Allman Brothers came from his brother, that Duane had an idea for this band.

"RIP Gregg Allman, what a voice".

Allman was married six times in his life, most memorably to Cher, from 1975 to 1979.

Although Leavell parted ways with Allman Brothers Band before the release of the 1976 live LP Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas, he remained part of the band's orbit, performing alongside Dickey Betts and Gov't Mule. The two had a son, musician Elijah Blue Allman, and were frequent celebrity tabloid fodder before divorcing in 1978. And Gregg Allman was self-admittedly no angel. After decades of drug and alcohol abuse, he finally got clean in 1995 after being embarrassed by his drunken acceptance speech at the Allman Brothers' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He contracted Hepatitis C in 2007, blaming it on the use of a dirty needle while getting a tattoo.

CONTRERAS: Gregg was just one year younger than Duane, and they formed a close-knit bond after their father was murdered when Gregg was just 2 years old. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family. Just stick your e-mail address over there and up - OOO, that's it, right there, baby! - and you'll receive every groovy post I pull from my little monkey brain.


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