Monday, May 29, 2017

Gregg Allman

(CNN) Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. He was 69. Allman died due to liver cancer complications at his home in Savannah, Georgia, and he was "surrounded by his family and friends," Michael Lehman, Allman's longtime manager and close friend, told CNN.

He will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia, though a funeral date has not yet been set, Lehman said. Two other founding members of the Allman Brothers - guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley - are also buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Allman had been working on a yet-to-be-released solo album entitled "Southern Blood." Lehman said Allman was very enthusiastic about the project and was listening to tracks from the album just last night.

Gregg Allman played the Hammond organ, sang lead vocals and wrote some of the band's signature songs, including "Midnight Rider" and "Wasted Words," the ballad "Melissa," and the blues epic "Whipping Post." He and Betts took over leadership of the band after brother Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971.