The life of the southern rock legend was celebrated Saturday in Macon, Georgia.
MACON, GA — Many mourners reportedly wore jeans to the funeral of Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, a fashion choice made at the unassuming musician’s request.
The southern rock singer passed away May 27 at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69 and was working on an album at the time of his death, decades after the Allman Brothers released their first record.
Gregg Allman and his older brother Duane signed with a Georgia-based label in 1969 as the Allman Brothers. Fans loved their lengthy, improvisational concerts. Although “Ramblin’ Man” was the band’s only top 10 single, many of its songs are hailed as classics, including “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.”
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash in 1971, and Gregg Allman was buried near his brother Saturday afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon. Bassist Berry Oakley had been buried nearby as well, according to The Telegraph, which reported almost 1,500 people gathered in and outside the gates for Saturday’s service.
Among the mourners at the cemetery, located southeast of Atlanta, were President Jimmy Carter and Gregg Allman’s former wife Cher, who described the musician as “shy,” “kind” and “loving.”