Cher Reacts to Death of Ex-Husband Greg Allman

Ruben Ruiz
June 2, 2017

"So sad to hear about Gregg Allman passing - a great musician. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", the statement said.

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts said in a statement: "It's too soon to properly process this".

Cher moved on with Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons but talked about her ex and how she tried to help him in his battles with drug and alcohol in an interview with People in April 1978, noting that "nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did". And what's amusing, I think, is that the Allmans were so instrumental in the genesis of what we now call southern rock - you know, a genre that's associated perhaps unfairly with Confederate flags and pickup trucks and all this sort of iconography that suggests, you know, an unwelcoming or an outdated worldview - that it's easy to forget they were revolutionary inclusive at the time.

Gregg Allman, known for his gentle manner and long blond hair parted in the center, went on to front the band on his own for decades after his brother's death.

Their self-titled debut album came out in 1969, but it was their seminal live album "At Fillmore East" in 1971 that catapulted the band to stardom.

It's really hard to overstate the impact of The Allman Brothers Band.

According to The New York Times, Allman's publicist confirmed that the rockstar died in his Georgia home from complications related to liver cancer. The multilayered sound - often topped by Mr. Allman's strong, sandpaper vocals - played out across songs that, while of normal pop-single length on recorded albums, stretched into long, looping epics during their live performances.

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Three months after its 1971 release, and just as the band was becoming nationally known, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon.

Gregg then pursued a solo career with 1973's Laid Back.

Gregg Allman's Hammond B-3 organ playing anchored The Allman Brothers' rhythm section and was the ideal counterpoint to the twin lead guitar playing that made The Allman Brothers loved by everyone.

As the title track of his 1987 album suggests, Allman was admittedly no angel. He was 69. Following a diagnosis of hepatitis C in 2007, he received a liver transplant in 2010. The brothers formed the Allman Joys, a prelude to formation of the Allman Brothers band once they left for Los Angeles and started studio sessions and recording. Allman would be joined by many modern artists like Dr. John, Eric Church, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt and more.

Allman played his last concert in October as health problems forced him to cancel other 2016 shows. 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. "I didn't really want to, I was exhausted and I wanted to go home and see my pups".

They wrote: "R.I.P Gregg Allman.December 18, 1947 - May 27, 2017 It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, passed away peacefully". And when it's all said and done, I'll go to my grave and my brother will greet me, saying, "Nice work, little brother-you did all right".

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