BIG Music News: Tributes pour in for Gregg Allman

GREGG ALLMAN:  Rock 'n roll tributes pour in for the late star

Many musicians have taken to social media or reached out to us with their reactions to the death of Gregg Allman. He died of liver cancer Saturday at the age of 69. 

Cher, who was married to Gregg in the '70s: "I'VE TRIED… WORDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE GUI GUI. FOREVER, CHOOCH."

Steve Winwood: "Gregg was one of the greatest Southern Rock/R&B singers of all time, having a unique blend of Country, Soul and Rock. In fact, he virtually invented the genre. I had been lucky enough to sing with him on a couple of occasions, and aside from being an incredible musician on both guitar and keys, he was a great person, and I feel very blessed to have known and worked with him. Music has lost one of its greats, and he will be remembered for his work for a very long time."

Bryan Adams: "RIP Gregg Allman. Another great voice gone."

Brian Wilson: "So sad to hear about Gregg Allman passing -- a great musician. Love & Mercy."

Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Our hearts and prayers are with Gregg's family. To our good friend, you will be missed but never forgotten, there's gonna be a heck of a jam tonight in heaven! Rest In Peace, Midnight Rider..."

Ringo Starr‏: "Rest in peace Gregg Allman. Peace and love to all the family."

Paul Stanley: "RIP GREGG ALLMAN. The voice and cornerstone of The Allman Brothers Band. I listened outside the Fillmore East when I couldn't afford a ticket."

Peter Frampton: "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away. I admired him so much & had the honor of jamming with him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul."

Bob Seger: "A case can be made, the Allman Brothers established Southern Rock as a musical genre. Gregg was one of my favorite rock singers of all time, he put immense soul into his music. Loved Low Country Blues – an amazing album, listen to it over and over. So sad, we’ve lost another music titan."

Dave Mason: "I'm sad to say goodbye to Gregg Allman. I played so many shows with him over the years and am grateful for his contributions to music. He will be missed."

Neal Schon: "Jesus dear God. RIP Gregg Allman."

Brian May: "Gregg Allman - Rock Pioneer sadly dead at 69. RIP."

Bob Weir: "Bon voyage Gregg. Enjoy your next stop."

Richie Furay: "I was honored to play with him on what turned out to be his last performance and spend some time with him. I heard he wasn't doing well, but it doesn't lessen the sadness I feel."

Warren Haynes posted a lengthy tribute to his late bandmate on Facebook. "My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and Allen Woody sharing a tour bus together listening to great music and laughing our asses off mile after mile. Traveling, like life, is so much better when you’ve got friends to share the experience with. I’ve lost too many lately and this one is gonna be hard to get past. There is some comfort in knowing that millions of people all over the world feel the same way. I love you Gregory."

Sammy Hagar: "Every time I turn around another one of my heroes has gone down. One of the great innovators and bluesmen, Gregg Allman cannot be replaced, damn! This one is just pushing me deeper into the belief that you need to wake up and live each day to its fullest."

Tommy Shaw: "It's difficult to express how saddened I am at the news of Gregg Allman's passing. Anyone who grew up in the South in the late 1960s with any interest in singing in a band had one prime example of what to shoot for, and that was to be able to sing like Gregg Allman. Still working on it. Thank you Gregg Allman for so many years of sharing that gift with us all."

Benmont Tench: "Rest in well deserved peace and thank you for everything."

Billy Gibbons: "The sudden passing of Gregg Allman leaves us at a loss, yet at the same time we stand alongside the millions thankful that Gregg was in our lives. Gregg was, of course, a brilliant and intuitive player with a depth of soul reflected in his works in a truly moving manner. Brother Gregg was generous with his talent, his spirit and, of course, his great voice. We were fortunate enough to have been touched by him and those moments remain treasured encounters. Some truly positive, uplifting experiences. Gregg will be remembered as someone who made a big difference in the lives of many and whose sonic legacy continues that memorable course.”

Charlie Daniels: "Rest in peace brother. You were the best Dixie had. You will be missed."

Keith Urban: "My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family."

Melissa Etheridge: "My Southern Rock heart is breaking. He showed me his tattoos... his voice.... his soul."

David Coverdale: "RIP, Gregg...Our Prayers Are With You, Bro..."

R.E.M.: "Sad to learn of Gregg Allman's passing..."

Foghat: "OH NO! Such sad news! Our hearts go out to Gregg's family. We are speechless. Rest in peace Gregg."

John Mayer: "Eternal love and life to Gregg Allman."

Nils Lofgren: "It's all just too much. Rest In Peace Midnight Rider."

Huey Lewis: "A very sad day for rock 'n' roll... a great singer and writer. He could flat out sing. His music will live on!"

Brad Paisley: "What a legacy Gregg Allman leaves behind. Jam on in the great hereafter."

Joe Bonamassa: "My first concert in 1983 was Gregg Allman. I am so very saddened to hear of his passing. One of a kind voice and musician."

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: "Wow. What a loss. RIP. Thanks for the music and the memories. The world is a better place thanks to your music."


NEW YORK - MARCH 22:  Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band performs during their first night of 13 performances at The Beacon Theatre on March 22, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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