Gregg Allman
rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter
Gregg Allman
Gregory LeNoir Allman, known as Gregg Allman, is a rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, and a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
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Still Showing Her Sexy Sadie Side, Dana Fuchs Sets the Stage to Rise and Shine
Huffington Post - 26 days
Whatever happened to Sexy Sadie? Embodied by Dana Fuchs, she's alive and well and ready to knock your socks off -- if you let her. "I would love people to know that I'm first and foremost a songwriter, a singer, and it's very much like that Sadie character," Fuchs said from her Harlem apartment near the end of an hourlong phone conversation in late January while expecting some terrible weather to hit New York City. "But of course, it's my own music," she added, a bad cold making her deep voice sound even lower and sexier. "It's that kind of raw, rocking, soulful music, and I would love people to know that Sadie is Dana Fuchs, who is living as a musician." It's been 10 years since Fuchs (pronounced Fyooks) made her motion picture mark as Sadie, a powerful blues singer, very hip chick and Earth Mother in Across the Universe. Julie Taymor's wonderfully innovative and inexcusably ignored movie set in the 1960s was filled with teen romance, wild imagery and incredibly inventi ...
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After a Pneumonia Scare, Gregg Allman Returns to the Road
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
The musician returns to the road this weekend, starting with a 10-night residency at City Winery in New York City.
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Listen to Blackberry Smoke’s New Album ‘Like an Arrow’ (Exclusive)
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
The southern rock band, which cites Gregg Allman as a major influence, will release its fifth album Oct. 14.
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Gregg Allman cancels shows due to 'serious health issues' - Railing collapses at rap concert; at least 10 hurtChina's air force flies combat patrol over disputed islands
Fox News - 7 months
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Gregg Allman cancels shows due to 'serious health issues'
Yahoo News - 7 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Allman has canceled planned live shows until late October due to "serious health issues."
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Allman Film Director Wins Release After Year in Georgia Jail
ABC News - 11 months
A movie director has won release from a Georgia jail after serving a year behind bars for the death of a crew member killed during filming of a movie about singer Gregg Allman
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Father of crash victim wants Allman movie director to stay in jail
Fox News - about 1 year
The father of a film worker killed by a train during shooting of a movie about singer Gregg Allman said Tuesday that granting the film's director early release from a two-year jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter would send a message "that Hollywood gets a break."
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Allman film director says fatal Georgia train crash 'ultimately my responsibility'
Fox News - almost 2 years
The director of an ill-fated movie about singer Gregg Allman said Friday that it's "ultimately my responsibility" that his crew ended up on a Georgia railroad bridge in the path of a freight tra...
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"Midnight Rider" director pleads guilty in death of crew member
CBS News - almost 2 years
Randall Miller has pleaded guilty in a train crash that killed a camera assistant during filming "Midnight Rider," a biopic about singer Gregg Allman.
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Gregg Allman filmmakers plead not guilty to Georgia manslaughter charges
Reuters.com - over 2 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The director and producer of a film about rock singer Gregg Allman on Thursday said they pleaded not guilty in Georgia on charges stemming from a death on the set of the movie "Midnight Rider."
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Southern rocker Gregg Allman celebrated at tribute concert
Fox News - about 3 years
An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artists to follow his band's ear...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gregg Allman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 68
    On April 6, 2016, Allman's tour bus carrying his crew and horns crashed into a hillside in Jackson County, West Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Allman was not among those injured. One month later, he received an honorary doctorate from Mercer University in Macon, presented by former President Jimmy Carter. Allman recorded his newest album, Southern Blood, with producer Don Was at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album was recorded with his current backing band. It is set for a January 2017 release. Allman currently lives in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Allman's previous partners include Cher and Stacey Fountain. Allman's children include: Michael Allman, Devon Allman, Elijah Blue Allman, Delialah Island Allman, commonly misspelled Delilah Allman (now Delialah Kurtom), and Layla Allman. All those siblings are successful in the music business with the exception of Island Allman, who is currently a registered nurse in Maryland. Studio Live Sources
  • 2015
    Age 67
    Allman's mother, Geraldine, died in July 2015 at the age of 98.
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    After the dissolution of the Allman Brothers, Allman has kept busy performing music with his band, releasing the live album Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details His health problems have remained; he has atrial fibrillation. As a result, he has attempted to grow healthier, switching to a gluten-free vegan diet. He has attempted to keep a light schedule at the advisory of doctors, who have warned that too many performances might amplify his conditions.
  • 2014
    Age 66
    In 2014, a tribute concert was held celebrating Allman's career; it was later released as All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, the Allman Brothers Band performed their final concerts, as Haynes and Derek Trucks desired to depart the group.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    He went to rehab in 2012 for addiction following his medical treatments.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Allman released his memoir, My Cross to Bear, which was thirty years in the making. It eventually got optioned to be turned into a feature film—titled Midnight Rider—that was eventually canceled after a train accident on set caused the death of a member of the crew.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    Upon its release in January 2011, it represented Allman's highest ever chart peak in the United States, debuting at number five.
    More Details Hide Details He promoted the album heavily in Europe, until he had to cancel the rest of the trip due to an upper respiratory condition. This infection led to a lung surgery later that year.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    He went on a waiting list and after five months, he underwent a successful liver transplant in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was reluctant to pursue a new solo album after the death of longtime producer Tom Dowd in 2002, but eventually recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett on his seventh release, Low Country Blues. He was initially reluctant to Burnett's suggestion to not bring his normal band, but he eventually became very positive about the recording, later calling it "a true highlight of my career." It went unreleased during his health problems, and during that time, it became something of a confidence booster: "When things got real bad, real painful, I would just think about this record and it was kind of a life support system."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2007—which he attributed to a dirty tattoo needle.
    More Details Hide Details By the next year, they had discovered three tumors within his liver, and he was recommended to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville by a Savannah doctor for a liver transplant.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    Allman moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2000, purchasing five acres on the Belfast River, where he continues to live to this day.
    More Details Hide Details The last incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band was well-regarded among fans and the general public, and remained stable and productive. The band released their final studio recording, Hittin' the Note (2003), to critical acclaim. Allman co-wrote many songs on the record with Haynes, and he regarded it as his favorite album by the group since their earliest days. The band continued to tour throughout the 2000s, remaining a top touring act, regularly attracting more than 20,000 fans. The decade closed with a successful run at the Beacon Theater, in celebration of the band's fortieth anniversary. "That run was the most fun I've ever had in that building," said Allman, and it was universally regarded within the band as a career highlight. The run featured numerous special guests, including Eric Clapton, whom all in the band regarded as the most "special" guest, due to his association with Duane.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 48
    During their 1996 run at the Beacon, turmoil came to a breaking point between Allman and Betts, nearly causing a cancellation of a show and causing another band breakup.
    More Details Hide Details Haynes and Woody left to focus on Gov't Mule, feeling as though a break was imminent with the Allman Brothers Band. The group recruited Oteil Burbridge of the Aquarium Rescue Unit to replace Woody on bass, and Jack Pearson on guitar. Concerns arose over the increasing loudness of Allman Brothers shows, which were largely centered on Betts. Pearson, struggling with tinnitus, left as a result following the 1999 Beacon run. Trucks phoned his nephew, Derek Trucks, to join the band for their thirtieth anniversary tour. The Beacon run in 2000, captured on Peakin' at the Beacon, was ironically considered among the band's worst performances; an eight-show spring tour led to even more strained relations in the group. "It had ceased to be a band—everything had to be based around what Dickey was playing," said Allman. Anger boiled over within the group towards Betts, which led to all original members sending him a letter, informing him of their intentions to tour without him for the summer. All involved contend that the break was temporary, but Betts responded by hiring a lawyer and suing the group, which led to a permanent divorce. That August, Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York, which hit Allman particularly hard. In 2001, Haynes rejoined the band for their Beacon run, setting the stage for over a decade of stability within the group.
  • 1995
    Age 47
    The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1995; Allman was severely inebriated and could not make it through his acceptance speech.
    More Details Hide Details Seeing the ceremony broadcast on television later, Allman was mortified, providing a catalyst for his final, successful attempt to quit alcohol and substance abuse. He hired two in-home nurses that switched twelve-hour shifts to help him through the process. He was immensely happy to finally quit alcohol, writing later in his autobiography: "Did I get any positive anything out of all that? And you’ve got to admit to yourself, no, I didn’t. You can see what happened and that by the grace of God, you finally quit before it killed you." Allman recorded a fifth solo album, Searching for Simplicity, which was quietly released on 550 Music. Despite positive developments in his personal life, things began declining among the band members.
  • 1993
    Age 45
    The band grew contentious over a 1993 tour, in which Betts was arrested when he shoved two police officers.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the growing tension, Haynes remained a member and Betts returned. Their third post-reunion record, Where It All Begins (1994), was recorded entirely live. The band continued to tour with greater frequency, attracting younger generations with their headlining of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival. Allman's daughter Island came to live with him in Los Angeles, and despite early struggles, they eventually grew very close. "Island is the love of my life, she really is," he would later write. For much of the 1990s, Allman lived in Marin County, California, spending his free time with close friends and riding his motorcycle.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    The Allman Brothers Band celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1989, and the band reunited for a summer tour, with Jaimoe once again on drums.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, they featured guitarist Warren Haynes and pianist Johnny Neel, both from the Dickey Betts Band, and bassist Allen Woody, who was hired after open auditions held at Trucks's Florida studio. The classic rock radio format had given the band's catalog songs new relevance, as did a multi-CD retrospective box set, Dreams. Epic, who had worked with Allman on his solo career, signed the band. Danny Goldberg became the band's manager; he had previously worked with acts such as Led Zeppelin and Bonnie Raitt. The group were initially reluctant to tour, but found they performed solidly; in addition, former roadies such as "Red Dog" returned. The band returned to the studio with longtime producer Tom Dowd for 1990's Seven Turns, which was considered a return to form. "Good Clean Fun" and "Seven Turns" each became big hits on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The addition of Haynes and Woody had "reenergized" the ensemble. Neel left the group in 1990, and the band added percussionist Marc Quiñones, formerly of Spyro Gyra, the following year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 38
    By 1986, he felt tired of having little funds, and teamed up with former bandmate Betts for several performances together.
    More Details Hide Details It led to two Allman Brothers reunion performances that summer. Eventually, tension would arise and they would spend time apart again. After recording several demos in Los Angeles, Allman was offered a recording contract by Epic Records. He recorded his third solo release, I'm No Angel, at Criteria in Miami. Released in 1987, the title track became a surprise hit on radio. Allman released another solo album the following year, Just Before the Bullets Fly, though it did not sell as well as its predecessor. His alcohol abuse continued in the late 1980s, as he moved to Los Angeles and lived at the Riot House. He married Danielle Galliano in a midlife crisis wherein he felt he would one day be too "old and ugly" to get married. The marriage began with Allman overdosing at the Riot House—"so our marriage started off with a bang," he said. He dabbled in acting for the first time, taking a small part in the film Rush Week (1989), and he sang the opening track to the film Black Rain (1989).
  • 1982
    Age 34
    The band, considering their post-reunion albums "embarrassing," subsequently broke up in 1982 after clashing with Clive Davis, who rejected every producer the band suggested for a possible third album, including Tom Dowd and Johnny Sandlin. "We broke up in '82 because we decided we better just back out or we would ruin what was left of the band’s image," said Betts.
    More Details Hide Details The band's final performance came on Saturday Night Live in January 1982, where they performed "Southbound" and "Leavin'." "It was like a whole different band made those records In truth, though, I was just too drunk most of the time to care one way or the other," Allman would recall. It was seven years of going, "What is it that I do?” Being self-employed your whole life, that becomes a certain rock, a reinforcement. When that’s gone, not only are you bored stiff, but you just want to cry—"What do I do? Allman spent much of the 1980s adrift and living in Sarasota, Florida with friends Marcia and Chuck Boyd. His alcohol abuse was at one of its worst points, with Allman consuming “a minimum of a fifth of vodka a day." He felt the local police pursued him heavily, due to his tendency to get inebriated and "go jam anywhere." He was arrested and charged with a DUI; as a result, he spent five days in jail and was charged $1,000. While he did not consider himself "washed up," he noted in his autobiography that “there’s that fear of everybody forgetting about you." Southern rock faded from popular culture and electronic music formed much of the pop music of the decade. "There was hardly anybody playing live music, and those who did were doing it for not much money, in front of some die-hard old hippies in real small clubs," he later recalled.
  • 1978
    Age 30
    The Allman Brothers Band reunited in 1978, hiring two new members: guitarist Dan Toler and bassist David Goldflies.
    More Details Hide Details Betts had approached Allman during his time in Daytona regarding a reunion. Allman remembered that each member had their own reasons for rejoining, though he surmised it was a combination of displeasure with how things ended, missing each other, and a need for money. The band's reunion album, Enlightened Rogues, was released in February 1979 and was a mild commercial success. Betts' lawyer, Steve Massarsky, began managing the group, and led the band to sign with Arista, who pushed the band to "modernize" their sound. Their first Arista effort, Reach for the Sky (1980), was produced by Nashville songwriters Mike Lawler and Johnny Cobb. Drugs remained a problem with the band, particularly among Betts and Allman. The band again grew apart, replacing Jaimoe with Toler's brother Frankie. "One of the real blights on the history of the Allman Brothers Band was that Jaimoe, this gentle man, was fired from this organization," said Allman later. Not long after, "the band changed managers, hiring the promoter John Scher after Massarsky eased himself out, reportedly saying, 'It’s a million-dollar headache and a quarter-million-dollar job.'"
    Turmoil began to overwhelm their relationship, and the two divorced in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Allman returned to Daytona Beach to stay with his mother, spending the majority of his time partying, chasing women, and touring with the Nighthawks, a blues band. In a 2011 interview with WBUR's On Point, Allman told host Tom Ashbrook that he was also uncomfortable with his wife's celebrity lifestyle.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    He recorded his second solo album, Playin' Up a Storm, with the Gregg Allman Band, and it was released in May 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked on an collaborative album with Cher titled Two the Hard Way, which, upon its release, was a massive failure. The couple went to Europe to tour in support of both albums, though the crowd reception was mixed. With a combination of Allman Brothers fans and Cher fans, fights often broke out in venues, which led Cher to cancel the tour.
  • 1976
    Age 28
    Their marriage produced one son, Elijah Blue Allman, who was born in July 1976.
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  • 1975
    Age 27
    Allman married Cher in June 1975, and the two lived in Hollywood during their years together as tabloid favorites.
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    Upon its release, it was considered subpar and sold less than its predecessor; the band later remarked that they were "embarrassed" about the album. From August 1975 to May 1976, the Allman Brothers Band played 41 shows to some of the biggest crowds of their career.
    More Details Hide Details Gradually, the members of the band grew apart during these tours, with sound checks and rehearsals "becoming a thing of the past." Allman later pointed to a benefit for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter as the only real "high point" in an otherwise "rough, rough tour." The shows were considered lackluster and the members were excessive in their drug use. The "breaking point" came when Allman testified in the trial of security man Scooter Herring. Bandmates considered him a "snitch," and he received death threats, leading to law-enforcement protection. Herring was convicted on five counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and received a 75-year prison sentence, which were later overturned as he received a lesser sentence. For his part, Allman always maintained that Herring had told him to take the deal and he would take the fall for it, but nevertheless, the band refused to communicate with him. As a result, the band finally broke up; Leavell, Williams, and Jaimoe continued playing together in Sea Level, Betts formed Great Southern, and Allman founded the Gregg Allman Band.
    The sessions that produced 1975's Win, Lose or Draw, the last album by the original Allman Brothers Band, were disjointed and inconsistent.
    More Details Hide Details Allman was spending more time in Los Angeles with Cher. Their time off from one another the previous fall "only exaggerated the problems between our personalities. With each day there was more and more space between us; the Brotherhood was fraying, and there wasn’t a damn thing any of us could do to stop it."
    In January 1975, Allman began a relationship with pop star Cher—which made him more "famous for being famous than for his music," according to biographer Alan Paul.
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    Both albums were released in the autumn of 1973, with Brothers and Sisters cemented the Allman Brothers' place among the biggest rock bands of the 1970s. "Everything that we’d done before—the touring, the recording—culminated in that one album," Allman recalled. "Ramblin' Man", Betts' country-infused number, received interest from radio stations immediately, and it rose to number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details The Allman Brothers Band returned to touring, playing larger venues, receiving more profit and dealing with less friendship, miscommunication and spiraling drug problems. This culminated in a backstage brawl when the band played with the Grateful Dead at Washington's RFK Stadium in June 1973, which resulted in the firing of three of the band's longtime roadies. The band played arenas and stadiums almost solely as their drug use escalated. In 1974, the band was regularly making $100,000 per show, and was renting the Starship, a customized Boeing 720B used by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. "When we got that goddamn plane, it was the beginning of the end," said Allman. In between tours, Allman embarked on another tour to promote Laid Back. He brought along the musicians who helped record the album as his band, and hired a full string orchestra to accompany the group. A live album of material from the tour was released as The Gregg Allman Tour later that year, to help recoup costs for the tour. It went up against Betts' first solo record, Highway Call, prompting some to dub their relationship a rivalry. Their relationships became increasingly frustrated, amplified by heavy drug and alcohol abuse.
    Their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters became their biggest hit, and Allman pursued a solo career afterward, releasing his debut album, Laid Back the same year. Internal turmoil took over the group, leading to a 1975 breakup.
    More Details Hide Details Allman was married to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade, while he continued his solo career with the Gregg Allman Band. After a brief Allman Brothers reunion and a decade of little activity, he reached an unexpected peak with the hit single "I'm No Angel" in 1987. After two more solo albums, the Allman Brothers reformed for a third and final time in 1989, and continued performing until 2014. He released his most recent solo album, Low Country Blues, in 2011, and his next, Southern Blood, is set to be released in 2017. For his work in music, Allman has received numerous awards including several Grammys; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". Allman released an autobiography, My Cross to Bear, in 2012.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Oakley, however, was visibly suffering from the death of his friend, and he too was killed in a motorcycle crash in November 1972. "Upset as I was, I kind of breathed a sigh of relief, because Berry’s pain was finally over," Allman said.
    More Details Hide Details The band unanimously decided to carry on, and enlisted Lamar Williams on bass and Chuck Leavell on piano. The band began recording Brothers and Sisters, their follow-up album, and Betts became the group's de facto leader during the recording process. Meanwhile, after some internal disagreements, Allman began recording a solo album, which he titled Laid Back. The sessions for both albums often overlapped and its creation caused tension within the rest of the band.
    The Allman Brothers Band played 90 shows in 1972 in support of the record. "We were playing for him and that was the way to be closest to him," said Trucks.
    More Details Hide Details The band purchased 432 acres of land in Juliette, Georgia for $160,000 and nicknamed it "the Farm"; it soon became a group hangout.
  • 1971
    Age 23
    Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, the band's bassist, Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident very close to the location of Duane's wreck.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    The group's self-titled debut album was released in November 1969 through Atco and Capricorn Records, but received a poor commercial response, selling less than 35,000 copies upon initial release.
    More Details Hide Details The band played continuously in 1970, performing over 300 dates on the road, which contributed to a larger following. Oakley's wife rented a large Victorian home in Macon and the band moved into what they dubbed "the Big House" in March 1970. Their second record, Idlewild South (named after a farmhouse on a lake outside of Macon they rented), was issued by Atco and Capricorn Records in September 1970, less than a year after their debut. Their fortunes began to change over the course of 1971, where the band's average earnings doubled. "We realized that the audience was a big part of what we did, which couldn’t be duplicated in a studio. A lightbulb finally went off; we needed to make a live album," said Allman. At Fillmore East, recorded at the Fillmore East in New York, was released in July 1971 by Capricorn. While previous albums by the band had taken months to hit the charts (often near the bottom of the top 200), the record started to climb the charts after a matter of days. At Fillmore East peaked at number thirteen on Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America that October, becoming their commercial and artistic breakthrough. Although suddenly very wealthy and successful, much of the band and its entourage now struggled with addiction to numerous drugs; they all agreed to quit heroin, but cocaine remained a problem.
    With his deal at Liberty fulfilled, he drove to Jacksonville, Florida in March 1969 to jam with the new band.
    More Details Hide Details Allman at first thought two drummers would be a tortuous experience, but found himself pleasantly surprised by the successful jam. He called the birth of the group "one of the finer days in my life I was starting to feel like I belonged to something again." The Allman Brothers Band moved to Macon, Georgia, and forged a strong brotherhood, spending countless hours rehearsing, consuming psychedelic drugs, and hanging out in Rose Hill Cemetery, where they would write songs—"I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my way with a lady or two down there," said Allman. The group remade old blues numbers like "Trouble No More" and "One Way Out", in addition to improvised jams such as "Mountain Jam". Gregg, who had struggled to write in the past, became the band's sole songwriter, composing songs such as "Whipping Post" and "Black-Hearted Woman."
  • 1968
    Age 20
    In October 1968, the 31st of February, aided by Gregg and Duane Allman, recorded several songs.
    More Details Hide Details Allman returned to Los Angeles to fulfill his deal with Liberty, writing more original songs on the Hammond organ at the studio. Duane began doing session work at Fame in Muscle Shoals during this time, where he began putting together a new band. He phoned his brother with the proposition of joining the new band—which would have two guitarists and two drummers.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    He arranged a recording contract with Liberty Records in June 1967, and they began to record an album under the new name the Hour Glass, suggested by their producer, Dallas Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Recording was a difficult experience; "the music had no life to it—it was poppy, preprogrammed shit," Allman felt. Though they considered themselves sellouts, they needed money to live. At concerts, they declined to play anything off their debut album, released that October, instead opting to play the blues. Such gigs were sparse, however, as Liberty only allowed one performance per month. After some personnel changes, they recorded their second album, Power of Love, released in March 1968. It contained more original songs by Allman, though they still felt constricted by its process. They embarked on a small tour, and recorded some new demos at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Liberty disliked the recordings, and the band broke up when Duane explicitly told off executives. They threatened to freeze the band, so they would be unable to record for any other label for seven years. Allman stayed behind to appease the label, giving them the rights to a solo album. The rest of the band mocked Allman, viewing him as too scared to leave and return to the South.
  • 1965
    Age 17
    He attended high school at Seabreeze High School, where he graduated in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details However, he grew undisciplined in his studies as his interests diverged: "Between the women and the music, school wasn’t a priority anymore." Sometimes we would rehearse after we got home from the gig too, just get out the acoustics and play. The next day, we’d go have breakfast, go rehearse, and do it all over again. The two Allman brothers began meeting various musicians in the Daytona Beach area. They met a man named Floyd Miles, and they began to jam with his band, the Houserockers. "I would just sit there and study Floyd I studied how he phrased his songs, how he got the words out, and how the other guys sang along with him," he would later recall. They later formed their first "real" band, the Escorts, which performed a mix of top 40 and rhythm and blues music at clubs around town. Duane, who took the lead vocal role on early demos, encouraged his younger brother to sing instead. He and Duane often spent all of their money on records as educational material, as they attempted to learn songs from them. The group performed constantly as music became their entire focus; Allman missed his high school graduation because he was performing that evening. In his autobiography, Allman recalls listening to Nashville R&B station WLAC at night and discovering artists such as Muddy Waters, which later became central to his musical evolution.
  • 1963
    Age 15
    He returned to Daytona Beach and pursued music further, and the duo formed another band, the Shufflers, in 1963.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 1
    In 1949, Willis Allman, having been recently promoted to captain, offered a hitchhiker a ride home and was subsequently shot and killed.
    More Details Hide Details Geraldine moved to Nashville with her two sons, and she never remarried. Lacking money to support her children, she enrolled in college to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)—state laws at the time, according to her son, required students to live on-campus. As a result, Gregg and his older brother were sent to Castle Heights Military Academy in nearby Lebanon. A young Gregg interpreted these actions as evidence of his mother's dislike for him, though he later came to understand the reality: "She was actually sacrificing everything she possibly could—she was working around the clock, getting by just by a hair, so as to not send us to an orphanage, which would have been a living hell." While his brother adapted to his surroundings with a defiant attitude, Allman felt largely depressed at the school. With little to do, he studied often and developed an interest in medicine—had he not gone into music, he hoped to become a dentist. He was rarely hazed at Castle Heights as his brother protected him, but often suffered beatings from instructors when he received poor grades. The brothers returned to Nashville upon their mother's graduation. Growing up, he continually fought with Duane, though he knew that he loved him and that it was typical of brothers. Duane was a mischievous older child, who constantly played pranks on his younger sibling. The family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1959.
  • 1947
    Born
    Gregg Allman was born Gregory LeNoir Allman at St. Thomas Hospital on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee to Willis Turner Allman and Geraldine Robbins Allman.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had met during World War II in Raleigh, North Carolina, when Allman was on leave from the U.S. Army, and were later married. They moved to Vanleer, Tennessee in 1945. Their first child, Duane Allman, was born in Nashville in 1946.
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