Gregg Allman who founded the Allman Brothers Band with his big brother Duane Allman has died. He was 69.
Gregg's vocals led the Allman Brothers Band through some of the most influential rock albums of the 1970's,
He had to endure the death of his brother who was killed in a motorcycle wreck in 1971, then almost a year to the day later, the death of bass player, Berry Oakley, also in a motorcyle crash just three blocks from where Duane was killed.
I got to meet Gregg once. I was privileged enough to bring the Gregg Allman Band on stage at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The tour manager told me to use the center stage microphone. I walked up to the microphone and it wasn't on. So the only one left was Gregg's microphone at his piano. I leaned over the piano, careful not to touch it and introduced the band. Gregg came up behind me, put his hand on my back and said, "So sorry, man, that was our fault." I shook his hand and left the stage.
If I had to pick a favorite Allman Brothers Band song, it would be"Statesboro Blues" from The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East.
We will certainly miss Gregg Allman.