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Cher leads tributes to Gregg Allman

04 June 2017

His manager made the announcement of his death on his website: " I lost one Good friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer of music.

According to a statement on his website and from his management, Gregg Allman, the leader and co-founder of the rock group the Allman Brothers Band, died today due to a reoccurrence of liver cancer. In 2010, he underwent a liver transplant after being diagnosed with hepatitis C.Earlier he cancelled all tour dates for the year amid growing health concerns."Broken heart".

Gregg Allman was born Gregory LeNoir Allman on December 8, 1947 in Nashville Tennessee before his family moved to Daytona Beach Florida. He and his older brother Duane formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band, which featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.

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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John Virant, President of Rounder Records said, "On behalf of everyone at Rounder and the Concord Music Group, Id like to offer our deepest condolences to Gregg Allmans family, and his many friends and fans".

"When you think of Southern rock or even organ-playing rock, you think of Gregg Allman, you think of the Allman Brothers", said Sparks.

"They told us not to talk to Gregg, not to approach him".

For years, Allman's doctors kept close tabs on his medical condition, and by 2008, Gregg was placed on interferon, with the treatment turning out to be unsuccessful.

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Allman played his last concert in October as health problems forced him to cancel other 2016 shows.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69". Despite the emotional turbulence fans saw splashed across tabloid magazine covers, Cher told People, almost 40 years ago: "Nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did. he's wonderful". The band broke up for the first time in the late '70s.

Allman reportedly did put the finishing touches on a new solo album, titled "Southern Blood", just before his death. They had one child together, Elijah Blue, and Cher filed for legal separation in 1977. 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.

In 1995, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Low Country Blues, his sixth solo studio recording, was nominated for a Grammy Award for best blues album in 2011. "I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending".

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Cher leads tributes to Gregg Allman