The Allman Brothers founder Gregg Allman has died at age 69

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I love music, I love to play good music, and I love to play music for people who appreciate it.

Allman moved in 2000 to Savannah, Georgia, where he spent the remaining years of his life recording music, touring and battling health problems.

The next few years saw the Allman Brothers become arguably the most popular American band in the country. In this March, all his concerts were cancelled till the end of the year.

Funeral arrangements had not been finalised Saturday. But Lehman said Allman would be buried alongside his late brother, founding Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, where the band got its start almost five decades ago. "That's in his wishes".

It is believed that Allman died due to liver complications, but he never allowed his ailments from standing in his way from travelling around the country and playing music for his fans.

The Allman Brothers Band continued to perform and record, for various labels and with a variety of musicians, over the next four decades, despite disbanding and regrouping at points during the 1970s and '80s.

"It's too soon to properly process this", Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts said in a statement.

Their best-known hits include Whipping Post, Midnight Rider, Melissa and Ramblin' Man and their southern rock sound is credited with inspiring groups such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band.

He was born on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens.

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It was a long, arduous and frequently heart-breaking journey but Allman, who began his musical career by delivering newspapers to earn enough to buy a guitar, faced it with fortitude. So Gregg later switched to the organ. Based in Macon, Georgia, the group featured Betts, drummers Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson and Butch Trucks and bassist Berry Oakley.

The Allman Brothers band reunited in 1989, three years after Allman's I'm No Angel solo album.

Gregg told the Associated Press in 2012 that he thought about Duane on a daily basis and could sometimes feel his presence. Once in a while, he could even feel his presence.

"I could use a couple of new knees and one new hip, and my arthritis is pretty bad", he told me with raspy laugh ahead of a 2011 run of shows at the Orpheum, "but I don't have the time for that". In fact, I was about to call him to check and see how he was when I got the call. "But listen, he's there".

Cher has led the tributes to Gregg Allman, her former husband who passed away over the weekend. She filed for divorce nine days after the wedding because of Gregg's heroin and liquor problems, reconciled within a month, and separated later. (They were billed on the cover as Allman and Woman.) The project was poorly received by critics and the record-buying public alike. While others were renditions of old blues songs, including "One Way Out" and "Statesboro Blues".

The Allman Brothers broke up several times over the years and had a revolving door of members.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. There was significant substance and alcohol abuse among band members, the pressure of constant touring, strained relationships, illnesses, breakups, reunions. Authorities said he shot himself in front of his wife at their Florida home.

Allman had been working on a yet-to-be-released solo album entitled "Southern Blood". "I look at an old Harley and I say, 'Man, you gotta chrome those wheels, give it some new paint, some nice-looking handlebars.' That's what these younger guys do for the band". "I asked him to bring me out of this or let me die before all the innings have been played. As much as I hate it, it's time for me to take some real time off to heal".

In 2007, Allman would recieve the diagnosis that he had Hepatitis C, which he believes originated from an infected tattoo needle, and would later undergo a liver transplant in 2010. "If somebody offered me a second round, I think I'd have to pass on it". "You've been swallowed up by something you love, you know, and you're just totally engulfed".

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