Gregg Allman died today in his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69. Baby boomers remember the Allman Brothers Band from their iconic music that was a staple of many album collections back in the ’70s.
The statement released on his official website today said that over the past several years, Allman had suffered from health issues. The statement did not reveal his cause of death.
He was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, along with his brother, Duane Allman. The two joined a few other musicians, including Dickey Betts and Butch Trucks on the drums, to blend rock, blues, country, and jazz together for a sound like no other. It wasn’t long before the Allman Brothers were soon on top, according to CNN Entertainment.
Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971. The band broke up at the end of the 1970s, but Gregg Allman continued touring with different musicians under the name Allman Brothers Band. Sometimes they played with original band members and sometimes they were a band Gregg put together, but he did this for the next four decades.
One of his more famous marriages was to Cher, who he married in 1975. This was during a time when Gregg’s heroin habit got the best of him and Cher realized this after they tied the knot. Cher had just divorced Sonny Bono at the time. Gregg and Cher would file for divorce a few times during their relationship. Cher filed for divorce for the first time just nine days after they were married.
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Gregg Allman, the singer of a Southern rock band, became famous in Hollywood for his marriage to Cher in the 70s. They had a whirlwind love affair and married in 1975, but it turned into on again, off again marriage. Cher actually filed for divorce for the first time just nine days after they were wed and it was because of his drug and alcohol use that she left the first time around, according to the Ultimate Classic Rock website.
During one of their splits, they got back together again when Cher discovered she was pregnant. When Elijah Blue was born, the two had their most stable time together surrounded by happiness, but it didn’t last long. Cher tweeted the message below when hearing of Gregg’s death.
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Gregg was Southern rock and Cher was pop music, and the two had very different fan bases. Each fan base was not very welcoming of the other. The two tried to make an album together at one time, but it was a total flop. Many people believe that Allman wrote the song “I’m No Angel” for Cher. He didn’t write it, but when it was presented to him it hit a cord and agreed to sing it. The song did describe a tumultuous relationship like the one he shared with Cher.
Gregg Allman and Cher in 1977, photo by Norman Seeff. pic.twitter.com/9VKmVz8Rv7
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Cher and Gregg Allman were divorced in 1978 for the final time. Through the years, the two remained in touch and maintained a bond because of their son, who has followed his parents into the music business. Cher once said the following in an interview after they were divorced.
“Nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did. God, he’s wonderful. I don’t understand why he can’t see it. He’s the kindest, most gentle, loving husband and father. But then, he forgets and everything goes to s—.”
Gregg Allman is dead today at 69. Cher, who has just turned 71, hit the Billboard Music Awards last week looking better than she ever has. She came onstage wearing a thong under a clear body suit. That was a very sexy outfit for a woman of 20, never mind 71. She boasted on stage that she can do a five-minute plank, according to Hollywood Life.
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