Gregg Allman's manager on details of singer's final days, album

The southern rock icon passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

Grand Funk Railroad and the Allman Brothers Band became friendly during the late '60s, when both released their debut albums just a few months apart during 1969 and crossed paths on the road during that period. A native of Macon himself, Aldean performed with Gregg Allman in 2013, at the All for the Hall New York concert, benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Allman Brothers' body of work is now a wrap. Over the weekend, the trio reprised "Midnight Rider" yet again, but this time it was a mournful tribute to singer Gregg Allman, who died on May 27th.


"I just love the Allman Brothers. He was such an inspiration to so many of us that tried so hard to imitate him but could just never quite do it the same", Aldean writes in his tribute to Allman. "I thought that's the hippest thing I've ever heard".

"I played some gigs with some of the members of the band".

"Low Country Blues", Mr. Allman's sixth studio recording as a solo artist, was nominated for a Grammy Award for best blues album in 2011.


Mr. Allman's percussive Hammond B-3 organ playing helped anchor the Allman Brothers' rhythm section and provided a chuffing counterpoint to the often heated musical interplay between his brother and the band's other lead guitarist, Dickey Betts. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it consisted largely of interpretations of blues standards made popular by performers like Junior Wells and Muddy Waters.

"We canceled dates when we had to, but we ended up playing through October", he said.

His longtime manager and friend Michael Lehman was quoted in USA media reports as saying: "I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music".


"He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn't", said Michael Lehman, the rock star's manager, in an ABC interview.


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