R.I.P. Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman has died at age 69. I really loved the Allman Brothers' music -- it is an indelible part of the soundtrack of my life in the 70's.

Here's a New York Times article on his career (excellent photos.)

Tied to the Whipping Post at the Fillmore East, 1970

Statesboro Blues live in 1982 and at Farm Aid in 1997.

R.I.P. Gregg Allman. You were truly a legend. Condolences to his wife Shannon and their children, "Michael, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman."

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    Jeesus. Spent the weekend in the boonies (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue May 30, 2017 at 12:36:12 PM EST
    with a bunch of friends and kids with all our electronics turned off, so this is the first I've heard. Sang Melissa around the campfire several times, we had no idea it was a requiem.


    RIP Gregg.

    Live (none / 0) (#1)
    by FlJoe on Sat May 27, 2017 at 08:18:09 PM EST
    and in person soundtrack for me,  back in the day they were all up and down FL east coast playing the local auditoriums and fairgrounds, I got to see them many times often up close and personal, still among the very best live music I have ever heard.

    I only saw them once around 1989 (none / 0) (#4)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun May 28, 2017 at 07:30:17 AM EST
    Glad I did. I do admit to visiting Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon and going to Duane, Berry & Elizabeth Read's grave sites in my youth.

    First (none / 0) (#5)
    by FlJoe on Sun May 28, 2017 at 08:59:19 AM EST
    saw them in 1969, then a couple of more times before Duane died.

    saw them a couple of times (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 07:57:46 AM EST
    in the early 70s.  i agree the concerts were excellent but i always liked the studio ablums more.

    Of late, my favorite Allman Bros. song ... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat May 27, 2017 at 08:50:31 PM EST
    .... has been their soulful cover of Van Morrison's timeless "Into the Mystic." It's especially poignant tonight to hear Gregg Allman sing the lyric, "As the foghorn blows, you know I'll be coming home."

    You're home, brother. Rest in peace.

    Warren Haynes vocals fit it (none / 0) (#3)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun May 28, 2017 at 07:25:01 AM EST
    I like that version too.

    Duane wouldn't commit to Derek and the Dominos (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Sun May 28, 2017 at 03:42:48 PM EST
    of Layla fame because he knew the Brothers were onto something, and he couldn't have been more right.

    The Brother's extended onstage jams always had a lot more drama, surprise twists and turns, and all-around virtuosity than any of the other bands that came out of that era. Those guys took their vocation seriously.

    Thank you for the music, Greg.


    Looking through the record... (none / 0) (#7)
    by Repack Rider on Sun May 28, 2017 at 06:19:04 PM EST
    ...apparently I worked on one ABB show, Hartford, CT, June 23, 1973.

    We had huge P.A. problems that night.

    Gregg Allman also had a key role ... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun May 28, 2017 at 07:06:47 PM EST
    ... as the primary antagonist in director Lili Fini Zanuck's 1991 crime thriller "Rush," playing nightclub owner and drug dealer Will Gaines, whom the local authorities were so determined to nail that they proved themselves willing to frame him if necessary. Allman's performance is chilling.

    The film was based in large part on the true story of the events which took down the entire Tyler, TX police department in a public corruption scandal during the late 1970s -- and I do mean the WHOLE department. Things were so bad that the U.S. Dept. of Justice took it over per a federal consent decree and subsequently abolished the entire agency, as the necessary first step to completely clean house prior to its eventual reconstitution.

    If you haven't see it, it's definitely worth your while.

    We had similar thing happen here (none / 0) (#10)
    by jondee on Mon May 29, 2017 at 02:17:50 PM EST
    with the Rochester police department in the eighties.

    The chief and his second-in-command both ending up being sent upstate, and rumor was that that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

    And people wonder why Im a little sceptical at times about "our finest" being so fine all the time..


    The Honolulu Police Dept. is presently ... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 29, 2017 at 04:16:30 PM EST
    ... going through a similar upheaval, with Chief Louis Kealoha recently resigning while he and his wife Katherine -- who is No. 2 in the city prosecutor's office -- are under federal investigation for corruption. The biggest obstacle to reform has been the City Police Commission.

    I would urge people to see "Rush," if they haven't already. Gregg Allman's character is far from a victim. Will Gaines is one mean and nasty SOB, and someone with whom you crossed at your own peril. You can see why the authorities wanted to put him away. But it's how the police and prosecutors tried to accomplish that, and the ultimately disastrous consequences of their actions, which rightly ought to give everyone pause when assessing how those authorities conduct their business.