Manager: Allman tried to keep playing music until the end

The Allman Brothers founder Gregg Allman has died at age 69

Gregg Allman, the singer, musician and trailblazer who was a co-founding member of Southern Rock band The Allman Brothers, has died aged 69. "I must have said this a million times, but if I died today, I have had me a blast", noted Allman, who died on Saturday, in his autobiography "My Cross to Bear" (2012).

The organist and singer for the Allman Brothers Band died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, in the United States, his publicist Ken Weinstein confirmed.

The statement on Allman's website says that as he faced health problems, "Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans essential medicine for his soul".

The brothers had no particular inclination for music but Allman cited two influences that inspired him - a concert he and his brother attended in Nashville in 1960 and a mentally-challenged neighbour who taught him to play the guitar.

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Duane Allman spent time in the Shoals before the formation of the Allman Brothers band, working as a studio guitarist. I'm so glad I was able to have a couple good talks with him before he passed. And what's amusing, I think, is that the Allmans were so instrumental in the genesis of what we now call southern rock - you know, a genre that's associated perhaps unfairly with Confederate flags and pickup trucks and all this sort of iconography that suggests, you know, an unwelcoming or an outdated worldview - that it's easy to forget they were revolutionary inclusive at the time.

It's a very sad news that touched Cher.

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

But then Duane Allman, who was a mainstay, died in a motorcycle accident in October 1971 and while Allman, who was quite affected, and the others made a decision to go on.

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Allman endured the deaths of several band members-his brother and Oakley both died in similar motorcycle accidents and, earlier this year, Trucks committed suicide-six failed marriages, including one to Cher, almost constant legal disputes and all too constant and highly public battles with drugs, alcohol, and health problems.

Gregg helped found The Allman Brothers Band in the late "60s and the group went on to become one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s with the release of hit songs such as Midnight Rider, Whipping Post and Ramblin" Man. Director Cameron Crowe, who based the movie Almost Famous on his experiences of following the Allman Brothers Band for a Rolling Stone profile, also praised the star.

Allman battled for years with heroin addiction and substance abuse and went into rehab several times before cleaning up in the 1990s. In its heyday, the band was a staple on radio stations and released albums ranked among the best in rock history.

Boyer played on Allman's solo album "Laid Back" and "Searching For Simplicity", which was recorded at Johnny Sandlin's Duck Tape Studio in Decatur. "Now I have started taking on some spiritualism". Duane Allman died shortly after the release of the album in 1971. He canceled the remainder his 2017 tour back in March.

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"He was more than just a producer for me, he was like a father figure nearly, " Allman said.

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