Gregg Allman's most visible contribution to rock music was as lead singer, organist, and songwriter with the Allman Brothers Band, founded by his brother Duane in 1969. He never threatened to eclipse the band that carried his family name, but he found occasional success and popularity with his solo work, which was distinctly different, more soulful, and less focused on high-wattage virtuosity. Allman's instrument was the organ, and he was most effective, when in top form, as a singer. His first instrument, ironically enough, was the guitar, and he took it up before his older brother Duane did. But Duane learned it better and quickly eclipsed Gregg. Where Gregg did excel, however, was on the organ and as a singer (a role Duane was never comfortable with), which proved important but not at the center of a group that became famous for its ...
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