Gregg Allman, Original ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ Laid To Rest

Family, friends and fans attend Gregg Allman's burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

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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.”

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Gregg Allman – The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, America – 30 Jul 2012

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.”

According to Rolling Stone, Gregg Allman had been fighting liver cancer; his manager told the magazine that he died after spending the evening listening to his to-be-released album, called “Southern Blood.”Another legacy is his 2012 memoir: “My Cross To Bear.”
Click here to link to the Allman Brothers Band Twitter page.
And Click here to read a very good, in-debth interview from Greg’s long time manager Michael Lehman posted on the Variety website.In his memoir, Gregg Allman revealed he had contracted hepatitis C after “years of overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol,” the Associated Press reported, but had been on the upswing since receiving a liver transplant and rededicating himself to making music; his new album will be reportedly be released in the fall.

He is survived by five children and legions of fans, including singers from Sheryl Crow to Darius Rucker, according to Billboard, which reports a segment of the upcoming June 7 CMT Music Awards will be dedicated in tribute to the legendary musician.

Family, friends and fans attend Gregg Allman’s burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Macon, Georgia. AP Photo/Branden Camp.

With reporting from Patch editor Feroze Dhanoa.

 

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