Gregg Allman knew he wasy dying

Jenna Warner
June 1, 2017

Gregg Allman is being laid to rest on Saturday.

When Gregg Allman, who died last week at age 69, and his older brother Duane met for a jam session in March, 1969, the convergences of forces led to a foundation for a sound that was uniquely American.

According to the Macon Telegraph, the service will be for family and friends only at Snow's Memorial Chapel and he will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery where his brother Duane and bandmate Berry Oakley are also interred.

The 69-year-old musician - who was the co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band alongside his late brother Duane - passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia last week and his longtime manager Michael Lehman said the star was "at peace" when he died. "I remember Gregg's voice, being captivated by it", he says.

Allman's freaky 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. He never truly seemed to get over the 1971 death of his brother Duane, a tragedy that left both Allman and the band rudderless, dazed and grief-stricken.

"It's a sad time, and we all feel blessed that we had Gregg as long as we did", Lehman told the Telegraph, "and that he imparted the attractive music on the world that he did". My Louisiana friends invited me down and skipped Mass so we could arrive early for the set.

The statement on Allman's website says that as he faced health problems, "Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans essential medicine for his soul".

Cher and Allman got married in 1975, just three days after the former's divorce from Sonny Bono. Surely, it was an old soul singing "It's Not My Cross to Bear", the first handsome Gregg composition in what would turn out to be a 50-year history of them.

CONTRERAS: While Gregg Allman's death closes a chapter on rock "n" roll history, perhaps it also means that the Allman brothers are once again making music together.

"Gregg meant so many things to so many different people, and I think that was one of the wonderful things about Gregg is there was so much music to choose from".

As it became clear that Allman was dying, "W$3 e started talking about preserving his legacy, and especially the new record, Southern Blood - that made him light up", Lehman told Variety.

Allman had suffered the effects of hepatitis C for many years, leading to a liver transplant in 2010. Southern Ground took a break this year, but in its first few years, some high-powered guitarists took the stage with Zac Brown, including Allman, Mayer, Warren Haynes, and Jim James to name a few. Allman said in an interview with Viva magazine in 1977 that he regretted marrying Cher and said that they probably could have fallen in love if it hadn't been for his drug abuse.

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