Gregg Allman, 69

Gregg AllmanGREGG ALLMAN, 69, due to liver cancer complications on May 27 in Savannah, Georgia. A founding member of the Allman Brothers band, he overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become an elder statesman for the blues music he loved, which was a blend of blues, country, Southern rock, and jazz.

He played the Hammond organ, sang lead vocals, and wrote some of the band’s signature songs. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Cher was the third of Allman’s six wives.

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag in 1989 and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we grew to become The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles of today's top musicians are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, Jazz Beat Encore: More Notes on Classic Jazz contains 43 more! Lew taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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