Gregg Allman Biography

Gregory Lenoir Allman, 8 December 1947, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A founder member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman embarked on a solo career in 1973 following a hiatus in the group’s progress. Laid Back, his debut album, highlighted the singer’s measured, bluesy approach and featured a version of ‘Midnight Rider’, a staple part of the early Allmans repertoire. A double set, The Gregg Allman Tour, documented the in-concert work of his band, while Playin’ Up A Storm consolidated the artist’s identity outside the parent group. Relations had been severed in 1976 during a drug trial when, under a promise of immunity, Allman had testified against a former road manager. His highly publicized marriage to Cher resulted in the couple’s Two The Hard Way album, but the relationship was short-lived. For the next few years Allman struggled against various chemical dependencies, but a reconstituted Allman Brothers temporarily stabilized his personal life. When the group broke up in 1982, the singer established a new Gregg Allman Band but a continuing battle with alcoholism hampered its progress. Allman re-emerged in 1987 with I’m No Angel, determined to revive his career. This made the US Top 30 and his own Allman Brothers Band had further success with Just Before The Bullets Fly in 1988, prior to the full-scale reunion of the original band. Allman returned to recording in 1997 with the endearing, bluesy Searching For Simplicity.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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