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Southern rock icon Gregg Allman dead at 69

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 00:59

Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s in a career that also was marred by tragedy and drug abuse, died on Saturday at the age of 69. Linda So reports.

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Southern rock legend Gregg Allman is dead at the age of 69. According to his official website, Allman died peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday. His soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s, but his career was also marred by tragedy and drug abuse. The Allman Brothers Band was started in Macon, Georgia in the late 1960s by Gregg and his older brother Duane, before he was killed in a motorcycle accident at age 24. Gregg was the band's lead singer, keyboardist, and a songwriter as the band put out a string of hits including, "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider." But by the mid 70's, the cloud over the band grew darker as Gregg became a heroin addict. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, but Allman said in his book he was too drunk to enjoy it.

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Southern rock icon Gregg Allman dead at 69

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 00:59