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One of the most influential rock and roll artists, Gregg Allman, who was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, has passed away on 27th May 2017 at the age of 69.

His strong, unique voice was one of the most recognisable ever produced in American music, and he is often described as the person who influenced all future Southern rock musicians.

Greg Allman sadly passed away May 27th 2017

Fans all over the world shared heartfelt comments on social media, including the country singer Chris Stapleton.

Stapleton has released his new album From A Room: Volume 1 with producer David Cobb, which landed at Number 2 on the UK American Chart.

Stapleton commented on Twitter that “The first time I ever set foot in an amphitheater, I opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd & the Allman Brothers.”

He kept Allman’s music alive by tweeting out a video of his cover of Allman’s song ‘Whipping Post’ in 2015.

Performing at Skyville Live’s tribute to Allman, Stapleton’s cover of the song was not in country-style but remained strong in blues-rock.

He received an immense round of applause and a standing ovation, including from Allman himself.

Stapleton captioned the video with “I’ll always be grateful for that moment and the wealth of musical influence. RIP Gregg Allman.”

This video shows Stapleton playing SteelDrivers’s ‘Where Rainbows Never Die’ with Allman’s actual guitar at The Big House Museum in Georgia, the official museum of the Allman Brothers Band. It is the guitar with which Allman wrote the song ‘Melissa’ (1972).

Allman won numerous accolades throughout his fifty-year career including the Allman Brothers Band’s 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his own induction to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012.

Country stars will pay tribute to Allman at the CMT Music Awards on 7th June including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley, and Daruis Rucker.

Other musicians will perform at the show such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.

Allman had suffered several health issues over the recent years. He spent his time fulfilling his wish playing music on the road with his brothers and band.

Gregory LeNoir Allman December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017 It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times. Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.” Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time. Photo by @patriciaodriscollphotography #tweet

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Bhinduka Yokalingham has contributed for On the Scene, Tidal Southampton, On the water, Archant, and Mainline Menswear for a year. She is also the editor of Tidal Southampton. She provided research for a student newspaper, The Stripe, and was a winner of her school’s annual poetry competition celebrating National Poetry Day. She is the co-host of 'The 2 O’clock Disney Show' on Radio Sonar since October 2016 and has now brought the show over on BU Toast Radio (Canada). She also runs her own show 'International Music' on BU Toast Radio, playing music from all over the world.

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