Gregg Allman’s Family and Friends Reminisce About His Final Days
Posted: 11:04 am Sunday, September 24th, 2017
By Donna Donna
Gregg Allman photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Skyville
For so many of us Gregg Allman was a cherished artist who’s music gave us endless hours of pleasure. Although we knew his health was precarious, we were no less shocked and saddened when he died last May at the age of 69.
We learn that Allman was determined to finish his final album Southern Blood. The first song from the album, ‘My Only True Friend’ reflects the urgency in the line “I’ve got so much left to give but I’m runnin’ outta time.” Watch the video of the song which features footage of Allman’s final studio sessions below.
Gregg spent many quiet days towards the end with his wife Shannon, where they would often read and meditate together. Hendrickson tells us he told her, “But I don’t feel like this is the end…I just feel like I’m going somewhere else.”
Allman’s best friend, Chank Middleton, remembers Allman asking, “He said, ‘What do you all think about dying?’” And I was like, ‘Oh man, he’s serious and he wants some answers.’ I told him I’m not afraid of death, because he and I got more dead friends than we have alive friends. Duane is over there, B.O. [the Allmans’ original bassist, Berry Oakley, who, like Duane, died as a result of a motorcycle accident] is over there. Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix. And believe me, they got something going over there. They ain’t just twiddling their thumbs. I was trying to give him something to look forward to.”
I highly recommend ‘Gregg Allman Says Goodbye‘ it’s bittersweet and a must read for those of us for whom Gregg Allman’s music was a big and beloved piece of our lives.