Gregg Allman's manager on details of singer's final days, album

Posted June 01, 2017

Yet Gregg Allman, who recorded six solo albums, strongly rejected symbols of Southern pride that called for the return of the Confederacy, doing so as he celebrated the blues and soul music that inspired him.

Fans have been asked to stay away from the ceremony in the late star's native Macon.

Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s, has died at the age of 69.

The family-and-friends-only memorial for the legendary Allman Brothers Band co-founder is scheduled for 1 Snow's Memorial Chape, as reported by the Macon Telegraph.

Allman will be buried at Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery, next to his brother Duane and late Allman Brothers band mate Berry Oakley. He blamed cancer for Allman's death."It's a result of his reoccurrence of liver cancer that had come back five years ago", Lehman said in an interview.

That's when my sister Lynn opened a present from her boyfriend Steve: "The Allman Brothers Band Live at Fillmore East". I had not even picked up a guitar yet but thanks to my to older brothers I had been exposed to a lot of great soul music with the best singers in the world.

Allman's freakish marriage to singer Cher in 1975 seemed, and apparently was, an ill-fated pairing of opposites - the flamboyant diva known for outrageous outfits and the low-key Southern musician whose outrageousness came mostly in the form of destructive self-indulgence. In 1995 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for "Jessica" the following year.

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"This police man that Gregg obviously knew came up and started going, 'Gregg it's time to go.' And Gregg kind of leaned over and said, 'Billy just a little longer please, '" said Walker.

I say American music pioneer, because categorizing him in blues, rock, or especially Southern rock is pointless.

Mama's music has a much more somber tone because of Gregg's death, but her motherly influence lives on. Music that the album, which was recorded over the course of the past couple of years and delayed at times by Allman's health issues, features "a bunch of really cool covers and a couple of original tunes.I think it's a record that everyone's really going to be excited to hear".

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: (Singing) Just one more morning I had to wake up with the blues.

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.

Cher and Allman were known for their tumultuous relationship which resulted in marriage three days after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalised. He says the "jam band" sound was originated by bands like the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead and those songs will never truly die. Doctors had previously diagnosed the singer with hepatitis C in 1999.