Fans remember Southern rock trailblazer, Gregg Allman

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Southern rock legend, and founder of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday. His website stated he battled with health issues for years, Allman died due to liver cancer complications. He was 69 years old.

People all over the world are mourning his loss, especially in Georgia. Fans have gone out to the Big House Museum (The Allman Brothers Band museum) to honor and remember Allman.

“Gregg’s the original midnight rider,” said Keith Newberry.”He created Southern Rock and everybody else followed.”

The Big House museum is a place where Gregg and the band wrote the hits that will last forever.

“I saw Gregg in a small little club in Alexandria in Old Town Virginia back in the late 70s,” said David Laws who visited the museum from Atlanta. He says some of the best times he had were at the free concerts The Allman Brothers Band would put on.

“Many, many of my friends and associates saw them live doing those great things,” said Newberry. “I get goosebumps talking about it because they make everybody feel like family.”

To Newberry, who has lived in Macon all his life, Allman was definitely like family. He says he and his friends have been listening to the band since the beginning.

“Gregg Allman is Macon, Georgia,” said Newberry. “We grew up loving Southern Rock and we’re going to miss him.”

Details on the funeral aren’t finalized, there isn’t a date set. Allman’s manager and close friend, Michael Lehman, says Allman will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon. That’s where his brother Duane Allman and band member Raymond “Berry” Oakley were laid to rest.

Newberry says even though Allman isn’t with us anymore, his music will always be.

“The road goes on forever,” said Newberry. “All we can do is sit back, drink a beer and listen to their music.”

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