Say­ing good­bye to a mu­sic leg­end

Gregg Allman of The Allman Broth­ers Band dies at age 69

Cape Breton Post - - Entertainment - BY RUSS BYNUM AND KRISTIN M. HALL

Mu­sic leg­end Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vo­cals and soul­ful touch on the Ham­mond B-3 or­gan helped pro­pel the Allman Broth­ers Band to su­per­star­dom and spawn South­ern rock, died Satur­day, his man­ager said. He was 69.

Allman died peace­fully and sur­rounded by loved ones at his home near Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia, his man­ager, Michael Lehman, told The As­so­ci­ated Press. He blamed cancer for Allman’s death.

“It’s a re­sult of his re­oc­cur­rence of liver cancer than had come back five years ago,’’ Lehman said in an in­ter­view. “He kept it very pri­vate be­cause he wanted to con­tinue to play mu­sic un­til he couldn’t.’’

Allman played his last con­cert in Oc­to­ber as health prob­lems forced him to can­cel other 2016 shows. He an­nounced on Aug. 5 that he was “un­der his doc­tor’s care at the Mayo Clinic’’ due to “se­ri­ous health is­sues.’’ Later that year, he can­celled more dates, cit­ing a throat in­jury. In March, he can­celled per­for­mances for the rest of 2017.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments had not been fi­nal­ized Satur­day. But Lehman said Allman would be buried along­side his late brother, found­ing Allman Broth­ers gui­tarist Duane Allman, at Rose Hill Ceme­tery in Ma­con, where the band got its start nearly five decades ago.

“He’ll be laid next to his brother, Duane,’’ Lehman said. “That’s in his wishes.’’

South­ern rock and coun­try mu­si­cian Char­lie Daniels said via Twit­ter, “Gregg Allman had a feel­ing for the blues very few ever have hard to be­lieve that mag­nif­i­cent voice is stilled for­ever.’’


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