December 8: Happy Birthday Gregg Allman

Gregory LeNoir “Gregg” Allman (born December 8, 1947) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. He was born and spent much of his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida. He and his brother, Duane Allman, developed an interest in music in their teens, and began performing in the Allman Joys in the mid-1960s. In 1967, they relocated to Los Angeles and were renamed the Hour Glass, releasing two albums for Liberty Records. In 1969, he and Duane regrouped to form the Allman Brothers Band, which settled in Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Brothers Band began to reach mainstream success by the early 1970s, with their live album At Fillmore East representing a commercial and artistic breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash. Their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters became their biggest hit, and Allman pursued a solo career afterward, releasing his debut album, Laid Back the same year. Internal turmoil took over the group, leading to a 1975 breakup. Allman was married to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade, while he continued his solo career with the Gregg Allman Band. After a brief Allman Brothers reunion and a decade of little activity, he reached an unexpected peak with the hit single “I’m No Angel” in 1987. After two more solo albums, the Allman Brothers reformed for a third and final time in 1989, and continued performing until 2014. He released his most recent solo album, Low Country Blues, in 2011, and is set to record a new studio album in 2015.

Gregg Allman – Full Concert
Recorded Live: 12/11/1981 – Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ):

For his work in music, Allman has received numerous awards including several Grammys; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. Allman released an autobiography, the very fine read, My Cross to Bear, in 2012.

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Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues (Spotify):

“…he really shows what a great soul & blues singer he really is. With T-Bone Burnett wisely chosen as producer, we get lovely interpretations of old blues classics.
My love for Skip James’s “Devil Got My Woman” fueled me with skepticism towards Allmans version, but… I melted quickly. It was liberating to hear him blow life into this blues classic, and it is actually one of my “most listened to” songs of 2011.
Good to have him back, and I suspect this album will keep growing over the years.. the music is old, soulful and timeless.
Egil’s chosen tracks:  Devil Got My Woman, I Can’t Be Satisfied, Blind Man
Hallgeir’s chosen tracks: Floating bridge, Devil got my woman, My love is your love”

– Hallgeir

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