June 3, 2017: Gregg Allman Funeral

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Gregg Allman was laid to rest on June 3, 2017, in Macon, Ga., a city of great historical importance to the Allman Brothers Band. The musician’s private afternoon service was attended by approximately 100 family members and friends, including former United States President Jimmy Carter; singer Cher, who was married to Gregg Allman briefly in the ’70s; and members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Derek Trucks, Jaimoe and Dickey Betts, as well as other musicians.

Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon—which houses the Allman Brothers Museum, better known as the Big House, where the band lived and rehearsed from 1970-73—to watch the funeral procession to Rose Hill Cemetery, where Allman was buried near his brother Duane. The guitarist, Gregg’s older brother, died in a 1971 motorcycle accident; ABB bassist Berry Oakley, who perished the same way a year later, is also buried at Rose Hill.

At the service, Rolling Stone reported, eulogies were given by Gregg Allman’s children Devon, Layla and Delilah Island, his niece (and Duane Allman’s daughter) Galadrielle, lifelong friend Chank Middleton and Gregg’s manager, Michael Lehmen.

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President Carter said, in a statement, “Rosalynn and I were deeply saddened when we learned that Gregg Allman had passed. Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band were very helpful to me in my 1976 presidential campaign. Gregg Allman was better known than I was at that time. Gregg Allman was there when I needed him and Rosalynn and I have always been grateful to him.”

As requested by Gregg prior to his passing, attendees were dressed casually—many in jeans—rather than in suits and standard funeral attire.

Allman was survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Michael, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; and three grandchildren.

His final album, Southern Blood, produced by Don Was, was released later that fall.

Watch video footage from the Gregg Allman funeral procession

Many of the musicians who attended the funeral gathered later that day at the Big House to play music in honor of Allman, who died May 27 at age 69 in Savannah, Ga., from liver cancer.

Allman’s ex-wife Cher tweeted a picture from the Big House at around 11 p.m. local time…

Related: Our Album Rewind of Allman’s solo debut

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  1. Cary Carey Carrie
    #1 Cary Carey Carrie 10 June, 2019, 16:47

    It would’ve been appropriate to mention his wife Shannon there, as well, in addition to a decades previous one. Shannon spoke eloquently, lovingly, and sorrowfully about the man she shared 5 years of her life with — his last five, of course, as she was there at the end, having cared for him with all her heart. Major misstep, fellas.

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