Twitter reacts to death of Southern rock legend Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, celebrated southern rock pioneer, dies aged 69

The boys' father, U.S. Army Captain Willis Turner Allman, was shot to death by a drinking acquaintance shortly after the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia in 1949. He and his older brother Duane formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band, which featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman. His vocals were inspired by the blues singers he loved, especially Elmore James and Little Milton.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida.

"He has a good soul, a good heart, good music and I'm sorry to hear that", said Savannah resident Rene Melendez.

"Sad, I grew up with the Allman brothers", said Mark Wakin, who lives in Kentucky.

"This nearly cancelled the whole thing right here - he said, "by the way, you can't bring you're band", and I've got a kick-ass band, " Allman told me. So they put out a live album, At Fillmore East, recorded over two nights at a NY club.

Allman kept a low profile for much of the 1980s - his gritty sound didn't fit the synth-pop trends of that era - although he made a comeback with his 1987 album I'm No Angel, which became a surprise hit on rock radio. The Allmans reclaimed rock for the region of its birth.

Gregg then pursued a solo career with 1973's Laid Back. The album, his first in 14 years, was produced by T-Bone Burnett.

After rescheduling the dates, in March 2017, Allman's rep announced, "It has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017", although no reason was provided for the canceled concerts.

In 1975, Cher and Allman married three days after she divorced her husband and singing partner, Sonny Bono.

Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years.

He spoke frankly of his diagnosis of hepatitis C - which he thinks he got from a tattoo needle - in his book, as well as in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2011, a year after receiving a liver transplant as a result of the disease going untreated for too long.

As a member of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Allman Brothers, received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2012. Captain Allman was killed in a robbery by a veteran he had befriended earlier in the day. This led to a liver cancer diagnosis - Gregg Allman's cause of death close to a decade later.

This time she posted a snap of the two of them together with Cher snuggled into him. As the Allman Joys, they played clubs in the South and recorded a single, a version of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful". Duane talked his brother into joining a racially integrated band, the House Rockers, shocking their mother. He released Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon GA in 2015. He stayed behind when executives at Liberty decided he had commercial potential. But the guys need boundaries for their epic guitar solos, and Gregg provided flawless frames built of blues, gospel, and southern rock.

It is believed that Allman died due to liver complications, but he never allowed his ailments from standing in his way from travelling around the country and playing music for his fans. This was during a time when Gregg's heroin habit got the best of him and Cher realized this after they tied the knot. "KU" - country star Keith Urban, via Twitter.

What had once been a familial group split up over what was seen as Allman's betrayal.

"When I was a kid, I didn't listen to Tommy Dorsey", he continued.

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