Gregg Allman, the co-founding keyboardist of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND and the iconic figurehead of all of Southern rock, will be laid to rest in Macon, Georgia on Saturday. He will be buried alongside his brother Duane Allman and fellow ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND member Berry Oakley at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
“The family is hoping to keep this between 75 and 100 people,” Allman‘s longtime manager, Michael Lehman, told the Macon Telegraph.
Per Allman‘s request, the attire will strictly be “no suits,” but rather blue jeans and sports coats.
Allman died in his sleep on Saturday (May 27) at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Allman has long been at the mercy of his health issues, especially after receiving a liver transplant in 2010.
In March, Allman‘s health issues once again forced him off the road. Last February, it was announced Allman was wrapping up work on his upcoming album, the Don Was-produced “Southern Blood”, the long-awaited followup to his 2011 Grammy-nominated set “Low Country Blues”. Allman posted a note on his official site announcing the news and a teaser video showing clips from a session at Muscle Shoals, Alabama’s legendary FAME recording studio.
In August 2016, it was reported that Gregg Allman was under a doctor’s care at Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic and had canceled all of his scheduled concerts through the end of October.
Allman is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; three grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family.
Of all of Allman‘s six marriages, by far his most famous was his union with Cher between 1975 and 1979, which produced their son, musician Elijah Blue, and the ill-received 1977 duet album, “Two The Hard Way” — which was billed to ALLMAN AND WOMAN.
“Low Country Blues” peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart and hit the top spot on the magazine’s Top Blues Albums list.