R.I.P., Gregg Allman

Jesus. You step away from the Mac for a minute and some fresh horror rears its ugly head.

I first heard the Allman Brothers Band in 1971, in Alamosa, and their music has been part of my mental soundtrack ever since.

The album “A Decade of Hits 1969-1979” may be the best stationary-trainer disc ever, though I expect Gregg wasn’t much for the sweaty solo spin to nowhere special. Come to think of it, neither am I. It just ain’t my cross to bear.

“Eat a Peach,” “Live At Fillmore East,” “Idlewild South” — man, that’s a lot of music. Ain’t but one way out, man. And it leads to the whipping post.

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12 Responses to “R.I.P., Gregg Allman”

  1. Mike Frye Says:

    Great music, sorry to see him go.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Somehow, I missed them. Chicago, BS&T, and Santana had my full attention, I think, during that time. But, he started playing that B3, and that always gets my attention. Past time to give them a serious listen.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I was deep into the country-hippie music, but the Allmans’ stuff had more black in it — deep-dish, bedrock blues. “Cross To Bear” is one of my favorites. Their take on “One Way Out” is another, if only for the humor. (“Ain’t no way in the world / I’m goin’ out that front door.”)

      Two lead guitars? Two drummers? Hammond B-3? What’s not to like?

  3. Patrick Fowler Says:

    R.I.P. Greg and thank you for so very much, from Watkins Glen so long ago and The Beacon so many times. Peace

  4. Libby Says:

    Too soon. Saw the Allman Brothers Band in the early 70s and then Memorial Day Weekend 28, or 29 years ago! On a double bill with The Beach Boys (Brian didn’t tour then, Dennis gone, but Carl, Al, Mike and Bruce performed.) Old memories and timeless music.

  5. Carl Duellman Says:

    i think the first allman brothers album i heard was ‘brothers and sisters’. my guitar teacher taught me how to play ‘ramblin’ man’. i had a set of headphones rigged up so i could play my guitar and listen to an album without blasting throughout the whole house (maybe that’s why my ears are constantly ringing now). i also had allergies pretty bad so i had lots of glass coricedin (sp?) bottles lying about. i learned a lot of slide guitar solos listening to the allman brothers band and derek and the dominoes. greg on that hammond b3 was the magic though. the song ‘melissa’ was actually written here in pensacola while they were staying at one of the old motor lodges on hwy 90.

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Great records and live gigs…though it’s been so long now I can’t remember exactly where and when I saw them play live. Should have saved those ticket stubs?

  7. khal spencer Says:

    And now Frank deFord checked out
    http://www.npr.org/people/2100422/frank-deford

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