Mu­sic leg­end Gregg Allman dies at 69

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

SA­VAN­NAH, GA. — 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, Ga., said his man­ager, Michael Lehman. 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. “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.

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.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida by a sin­gle mother after his fa­ther was shot to death. Allman idol­ized his older brother, Duane. To­gether they formed the nu­cleus of The Allman Broth­ers Band.

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