Happy 65th Birthday to Gregg Allman

5:11 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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Just a couple days ago, Central Georgians were celebrating Little Richard's 80th birthday. On Saturday, we say, "Happy 65th!" to Gregg Allman, the still-touring, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. 

Around 1969, Gregg and his brother Duane, the late slide guitarist started the Allman Brothers Band in Macon with Berry Oakley, Jaimoe Johanson, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts and record mogul Phil Walden. 

Before moving to Macon, the Brothers hailed from Daytona Beach, Fla., and performed as The Allman Joys.

While they struggled to get the band off the ground, the musicians and their crew would eat at the now famous H & H Restaurant in downtown where Mama Hill and Mama Louise would feed them even when they couldn't afford it.

Needless to say, the Allman Brothers eventually took off and became known for their music all over the world.

In February, the band received the Grammy Award lifetime achievement award.

A couple months later, he released "My Cross to Bear," his memoir--chock-full of tawdry tales of his rock lifestyle--and it's received great reviews.

Though many rockers his age would rather be sitting in a rocker, Gregg seems more comfortable on the stage. He's already released his new tour schedule, including a New Year's Eve date in New Orleans and a special engagement in Las Vegas. 


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