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Gregg Allman 11/77A Legendary Performer
Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is both a founding member of one of the biggest and most important American bands of all time, the still-active and thriving Allman Brothers Band, and a critically acclaimed solo talent, who currently records and tours with ‘Gregg Allman & Friends.’ A natural artist gifted with a beautifully soulful and distinctive voice as well as brilliant keyboard and guitar expertise, Allman is a legendary performer who, more than thirty years down the road, still loves making music as much as ever.

At the start of his enduring career, Gregg Allman and brother Duane put together a number of different groups, including their very first professional ones, The Allman Joys, and The Hour Glass. Whatever the configuration, Gregg’s powerful lead vocals, emerging songwriting and keyboard prowess perfectly complemented Duane’s now legendary guitar virtuosity. In 1969, their brotherhood made history with the formation of the massively influential act that both kick-started the entire genre of Southern Rock and defined an era of ‘70s rock ‘n roll with its freewheeling yet musically masterful sound, The Allman Brothers Band.

Gregg Allman 04/96A Musical Powerhouse
The band’s unique amalgam of rock, blues, country and even jazz flourishes expanded the boundaries of rock music, and their signature extended onstage jamming set new standards for live concert performance. In addition to his singing and playing, Gregg wrote many of their most memorable signature hits, including the classics “Whipping Post” and “Dreams” from their self-titled debut album, and “Midnight Rider” and “Please Call Home” from their second LP, Idlewild South. In 1971, at the height of fame, and just two weeks after their legendary live record At Fillmore East was certified Gold, The Allman Brothers Band suffered the tragic and untimely passing of Duane Allman, and the very next year, of bassist Berry Oakley. Despite the losses, Gregg dedicated himself to keeping The Allman Brothers tradition alive, and to this day, the band remains a musical powerhouse, acclaimed both on record and onstage. In addition to Gregg, original members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe are still brothers in arms.

The first of Gregg Allman’s six albums to date outside of his work with ABB, Laid Back, was released in 1973, the same year that The Allman Brothers’ monstrously successful Brothers & Sisters topped the album charts. Laid Back’s subtly textured, eclectic mix of rock, folk, R&B and gospel inflections drew rave reviews and instantly put Gregg on the map as an accomplished touring solo artist. Subsequent solo releases include the live Gregg Allman Tour ’74, (recorded at Carnegie Hall) and 1977’s Playin’ Up A Storm (which also featured the musical artistry of greats Dr. John and Little Feat’s Bill Payne). In 1987 Gregg released his second gold album I’m No Angel, which generated a #1 Album Radio hit with the unforgettable title track, a self-meditation on Allman’s often bad-boy ways.

Gregg Allman 09/01A Peaceful Life
After that hit’s follow-up, 1988’s After The Bullets Fly, Gregg Allman directed his energy to the reformation of the ABB. That effort resulted in multiple Grammy nominations and The Allman Brothers Band’s induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. In 1997 Gregg released Searching For Simplicity, the album he feels represents some of his very best work. “I really took my time with that one,” says Gregg, “It took me three years just to write songs and gather the material…I put the record together in a manner so that each tune knocked my socks off.” The making of Searching For Simplicity also put Allman together with the Alameda All-Stars, a hardworking crew of San Francisco-based players who have formed the backbone of ‘Gregg Allman & Friends’ ever since. Currently performing with Gregg in 2001-2 are: Tommy Miller and Mark McGee of the All-Stars; Floyd Miles, who introduced a young Gregg to R & B, soul and the blues; Bill Stewart, who recorded with Gregg in the 70’s and 90’s; Danny Louis, from the Warren Haynes Band; and the New York horn section of Richard Boulger, Jay Collins, and Chris Karlic.

Even with many familiar faces surrounding him in ‘Gregg Allman & Friends,’ there’s still a major difference for Gregg between his solo endeavors and the Allman Brothers Band efforts. “There’s only one cook in the kitchen,” he says, “only one chef. I let the soloists do their thing – you’ve gotta let a man do a solo the way he wants – but as far as picking the tunes and working on the arrangements, I take full responsibility for it.” On Searching For Simplicity, as well as his other solo albums and tours, Gregg Allman has indeed found a recipe that works.

Gregg Allman is a survivor, having weathered many tragedies in life-- as well as the occasional pitfalls and detours of a full-tilt rock ‘n roll lifestyle-- and continued on to grow both personally and musically. Having searched for blissful simplicity in life as in art, Gregg Allman now lives peacefully in Georgia with his dogs and several “cherry” Harley Davidson motorcycles. Simple as that.

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Gregg Allman to Receive Classic Rock's Living Legend Award
 
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:38 PM


Gregg Allman is to receive the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. Previous recipients of the award include Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, Lemmy, Jimmy Page and Alice Cooper.


“I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock", says Allman. "The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."


"Where can you start with Gregg Allman?", says Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn. "The rock'n'roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him. As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."


Greg Allman was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 alongside the Allman Brothers band, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual Grammys. Only last month, the band's classic At Fillmore East (now available as an expanded set) was described by Classic Rock as "a cast-iron classic and the ultimate double-live album".


This is the 10th anniversary of the Class Rock Roll Of Honour, and the first time the event has been hosted outside London.

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Love for Levon Benefit on AXS TV
 
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 - 06:03 PM


A once-in-a-lifetime event for a once-in-a-lifetime individual, the Love for Levon benefit concert pays tribute to the incomparable Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for The Band. With a star-studded, legendary lineup that includes Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Roger Waters, Lucinda Williams, Grace Potter, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Dierks Bentley, Robert Randolph, The Levon Helm Band, and many, many more. Watch the PREMIERE February 17th on AXS TV.

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Gregg Allman's Search for Simplicity Has Found a Home
 
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 04:51 AM
gregg&stacey
Photo & Story By: James Palmer
For: Macon Magazine

It's not what you'd expect. Here's Gregg Allman, legendary rocker with
deep Macon roots, moving force of one of Southern rock's most enduring bands, cradling a toy ... poodle?

"This is Jasmine," Allman said of the 14-year-old poodle the singer/songwriter holds as he and his wife, Stacey, welcome visitors into their home near Savannah.

When you think of Gregg Allman, many images could come to mind. But it's unlikely they would reflect the reality that finds the man - known for his hard-living, hard-driving ways - now at peace with the world and himself.

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Florida Today Interview With Gregg
 
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 07:49 PM
Legendary Allman Brothers Discover There's Life After Betts
By: Alan Sculley

09/13/2002
Florida Today
Page 19
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Legendary Allman Brothers Discover There's Life After Betts

By: Alan Sculley

For TGIF

When the Allman Brothers fired guitarist Dickey Betts two years ago, many people probably assumed it could be the setback that would lead to perhaps a lasting demise for the group. Betts was a key songwriting contributor and featured instrumentalist throughout the band's 30-year history.

Instead, keyboardist/singer and founding member Gregg Allman hints that the change has revived not only the Allman Brothers Band, but even his work with his side project, Gregg Allman & Friends.

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Midnight Rider Thrills Daytona Beach Fans
 
Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 04:42 AM
By: Ray Weiss
Daytona Beach News-Journal

DAYTONA BEACH -- As the sun set, Allman Brothers tunes blared across the Ocean Center parking lot.

Paul Burke met Gregg Allman around town in 1977 during a low point in Allman's life. Burke managed Allman's comeback in 1977-78.
With beer cans and car trunks popped, the concert-goers on Sunday night resembled football fans before a big game as they celebrated the return of a hometown musical hero, Gregg Allman, and the band that carries his name, one with deep roots in Daytona Beach.

"My God, they're legendary," said 30-year-old Stacey Cowart, who drove down from Jacksonville Beach to meet friends for the show. "I could have gone to Savannah to see the band. It's just about as far. But I said we have to see the Allman Brothers in Daytona. A concert with them here has so much more potential."

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